Dudi Sela

Dudi Sela

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David "Dudi" Sela (Hebrew: דודי סלע; born April 4, 1985, in Kiryat Shmona, Israel) is an Israeli professional tennis player.

Sela reached a career-high singles ranking of # 29 in July 2009. He is currently Israel's top men's singles player, ahead of Amir Weintraub.

As a 17-year-old junior, he won the 2003 French Open boys' doubles championship with his doubles partner. His peak junior rankings were # 12 in singles, and # 16 in doubles.

Representing Israel in the Davis Cup, his highlight has been an upset win in 2007 over world # 7 Fernando González. In 2008 he beat world # 5 David Ferrer in straight sets, and in 2010, he beat world # 7 Andy Roddick in straight sets.

In 2011, he won in the first round of Wimbledon against Portugese man Frederico Gil.

Early life

Sela's father Michael, a bus driver, and mother Anca, a nurse, immigrated to Israel from Romania. His family name was originally Sălăjean, but his father changed it so that it would be more easily pronounced in Israel. He grew up in the small city of Kiryat Shmona, on the Israel-Lebanon border.

At the age of two, Dudi, diminutive of David, had his hands on his first racket, and at the age of seven he began to play tennis. His tennis idols were his brother Ofer, who was a top 200 player, and the Israeli Amos Mansdorf.<ref...
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