<!-- Unsourced image removed: -->Amir Hadad
(born February 17, 1978, in Lod
) is a professional tennis player
His highest singles ATP
ranking was # 180, in 2003. His highest doubles ranking was # 87, also in 2003.
He turned pro in 1995.
Most of his success has been on the challenger and future circuits. In May 2002, in the first round of the French Open, he upset world # 78 Christophe Rochus
of Belgium, 6–1, 6–2, 6–7 (4,) 6–2. In mid-July 2002, Amir and his partner Martín Vassallo Argüello
won the Seascape Challenger Tournament doubles final.
His best result was reaching the 3rd round doubles at the 2002 Wimbledon
Open, with partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
of Pakistan. The Israeli and Pakistani team, with its bravely enlightened but controversial pairing of players from countries which are at complete odds, received major criticism because of political tensions, but Hadad and Aisam dedicated their run to peace. This extraordinary doubles team attained an upset victory in the 2nd round over the No. 11 seeded team of Ellis Ferreira
and Rick Leach
.The teaming made international news when the Pakistani Sports Board threatened to ban Qureshi for teaming with an Israeli (the threat was later rescinded, and he was... Read More