Several Jewish players are competing at the Australian Open, the first event in tennis’ grand slam.
Israel’s Shahar Peer — the No. 10 seed in the tournament — defeated Mathilde Johanssen of France, 6-1, 6-1 in the opening round. She next takes on Sorana Cirstea of Romania.
Several Israelis traveled down under, including men’s doubles partners Jonathan Ehrlich and Andy Ram; Dudi Sela, who’s already out, having lost first-round singles and doubles matches; Amir Weintraub, also gone, thanks to his qualifying-round loss to Ivan Sergeyev (UKR); and Julia Glushko, who won her first-round match but lost to Spain’s Nuria Llagostera Vives in the second round.
Jews from the U.S. include Mardy Fish (16 seed; won first-round, lost second), Julia Cohen (lost qualifying round), and Scott Lipsky (lost his doubles match).