Tel Aviv Open

Tel Aviv
Tournament information
Founded 1978
Location Tel Aviv
Venue Canada Stadium
(1978-1996) (2015-present)
Category ATP Tour (1990–96)
Grand Prix circuit (1979-81, 1983-89)
Surface Hard / Outdoors
Draw 32S/32Q/16D
Prize money $1,065,725

The Tel Aviv Open is an ATP World Tour affiliated tennis tournament. It was played from 1978 through 1981 and 1983 through 1996 and was to be resumed in 2014, marking the end of the tournament in St. Petersburg,[1] however, the 2014 edition was cancelled due to security concerns arising from Operation Protective Edge.

The tournament is held at the Israel Tennis Center at Ramat HaSharon, near Tel Aviv, Israel and is played on outdoor hard courts. The tournament was played as an ATP Challenger Series event in 1978, 1998 and 1999. Israeli tennis player Amos Mansdorf appeared in the final five times, winning in 1987, making him the only Israeli to win the event. Jimmy Connors won his final career singles title at the event in 1989.

In 1990 and 1991 the tournament was known as the Riklis Classic before reverting to the Tel Aviv Open for the remainder of its existence.

The tournament still holds the ATP record for the youngest winner of an ATP event (Aaron Krickstein in 1983, at the age of 16 and 2 months).

The event was rescheduled to appear in the 2014 ATP World Tour, but with the war along Gaza line and the instability in the country, the event was post-poned in 2015.



Year Champion Runner-up Score
1978 Netherlands Tom Okker Austria Peter Feigl 6-7, 6-4, 6-2
1979 Netherlands Tom Okker Sweden Per Hjertquist 6–4, 6–3
1980 United States Harold Solomon Israel Shlomo Glickstein 6–2, 6–3
1981 United States Mel Purcell Sweden Per Hjertquist 6–1, 6–1
1982 Not held
1983 United States Aaron Krickstein West Germany Christoph Zipf 7–6, 6–3
1984 United States Aaron Krickstein Israel Shahar Perkiss 6–4, 6–1
1985 United States Brad Gilbert Israel Amos Mansdorf 6–3, 6–2
1986 United States Brad Gilbert United States Aaron Krickstein 7–5, 6–2
1987 Israel Amos Mansdorf United States Brad Gilbert 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
1988 United States Brad Gilbert United States Aaron Krickstein 4–6, 7–6, 6–2
1989 United States Jimmy Connors Israel Gilad Bloom 2–6, 6–2, 6–1
1990 Soviet Union Andrei Chesnokov Israel Amos Mansdorf 6–4, 6–3
1991 Mexico Leonardo Lavalle South Africa Christo van Rensburg 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
1992 United States Jeff Tarango France Stephane Simian 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
1993 Italy Stefano Pescosolido Israel Amos Mansdorf 7–6, 7–5
1994 South Africa Wayne Ferreira Israel Amos Mansdorf 7–6, 6–3
1995 Slovakia Ján KrošlákSpain Javier Sánchez 6–3, 6–4
1996 Spain Javier SánchezSouth Africa Marcos Ondruska 6–4, 7–5
1997-2014 Not Held


Year Champion Runner-up Score
1979 Romania Ilie Năstase
Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Mike Cahill
Australia Colin Dibley
7–5, 6–4
1980 Sweden Per Hjertquist
Israel Steve Krulevitz
United States Eric Fromm
United States Cary Leeds
7–6, 6–3
1981 United States Steve Meister
United States Van Winitsky
United Kingdom John Feaver
United States Steve Krulevitz
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
1982 Not held
1983 United Kingdom Colin Dowdeswell
Hungary Zoltan Kuharszky
West Germany Peter Elter
Austria Peter Feigl
6–3, 7–5
1984 Australia Peter Doohan
South Africa Brian Levine
United Kingdom Colin Dowdeswell
Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
6–3, 6–4
1985 United States Brad Gilbert
Romania Ilie Năstase
South Africa Michael Robertson
Romania Florin Segărceanu
6–3, 6–2
1986 United States John Letts
Sweden Peter Lundgren
South Africa Christo Steyn
South Africa Danie Visser
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
1987 Israel Gilad Bloom
Israel Shahar Perkiss
West Germany Wolfgang Popp
Netherlands Huub van Boeckel
6–2, 6–4
1988 The Bahamas Roger Smith
Kenya Paul Wekesa
West Germany Patrick Baur
West Germany Alexander Mronz
6–3, 6–3
1989 United Kingdom Jeremy Bates
West Germany Patrick Baur
Sweden Rikard Bergh
Sweden Per Henricsson
6–1, 4–6, 6–1
1990 Nigeria Nduka Odizor
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
Sweden Ronnie Båthman
Sweden Rikard Bergh
6–3, 6–4
1991 Czechoslovakia David Rikl
Netherlands Michiel Schapers
Argentina Javier Frana
Mexico Leonardo Lavalle
6–2, 6–7, 6–3
1992 United States Mike Bauer
Portugal João Cunha Silva
Netherlands Mark Koevermans
Sweden Tobias Svantesson
6–3, 6–4
1993 Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
United States Mike Bauer
Czech Republic David Rikl
6–4, 6–4
1994 South Africa Lan Bale
South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager
Sweden Jan Apell
Sweden Jonas Björkman
6–7, 6–2, 7–6
1995 United States Jim Grabb
United States Jared Palmer
United States Kent Kinnear
United States David Wheaton
6–4, 7–5
1996 South Africa Marcos Ondruska
South Africa Grant Stafford
Israel Noam Behr
Israel Eyal Erlich
6–3, 6–2
1997-2014 Not Held

Challenger Singles

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1998 Italy Gianluca Pozzi Israel Lior Mor 6–1, 6–7, 6–3
1999 Czech Republic Ctislav Doseděl Israel Noam Okun 7–6, 6–3

Challenger Doubles

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1998 Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
Czech Republic Michal Tabara
Israel Noam Okun
Israel Nir Welgreen
7–6, 6–3
1999 Israel Noam Behr
Israel Eyal Ran
Israel Amir Hadad
Australia Andrew Ilie
6–3, 6–2


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