Our History

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(From Left to Right: Ruby Josephs, Dr. Ian Froman, Harold Landesberg, Joe Shane, Dr. Bill Lippy, Freddie Krivine)

In 1976, six visionaries from Israel, the United States, and the United Kingdom realized their dream and opened one center for tennis in Israel. Their vision was to bring the game of tennis to the masses, regardless of background, religion, ethnicity or physical ability, while providing the foundation to create champions in tennis and in life.

Israel Tennis Centers Milestones

1974

First donor check is givem to the ITC by Jimmy Connors.
1974 First check For ITC by Jimmy Connors

1975

Ground breaking ceremony at Ramat Hasharon location.
1975 Ground breaking ITC Ramat Hasharon

1976

The ITC – Ramat Hasaharon opened on April 25th, 1976, with 14 tennis courts. Leah Rabin cut the ribbon of the Center, and 250 children signed up to participate.
Lea Rabin Opening Ramat Hasharon 1976

1977

Canadians Joe Frieberg, Ralph Halbert, Harold Green and others raise money to build Canada Stadium, Israel’s first tennis stadium, in Ramat Hasharon.
Davis Cup Team Canada Stadium Opening

1978

Canada Stadium Donors.
1978 ITC Canada Stadium Donors

1979

Ilie Nastase & exhibition team in Canada Stadium.
ITC 1979 Nastase and Exhibition Team

1980

Itzhak Rabin playing tennis at the ITC.
1980 Itzhak Rabin ITC

1981

Shlomo Glickstein competing at the ITC – Ramat Hasharon Location.
ITC 1981 Shlomo Glickstein competing Ramat Hasharon

1985

Ethiopian children come to the Ashkelon and Arad Centers.
ITC Coexistence Ethiopians Ashkelon 1985

1987

Amos Mansdorf wins the Riklis Tournament, the first Israeli to win the title. He achieves a career high ATP ranking of 18 with 6 singles titles.
Amos Mansdorf Ramat Hasharon ITC

1989

Ian Froman as the President of the Israel Tennis Centers is awarded the Israel Prize for social impact.
ITC Ian Froman Israel Prize 1989

1994

Joyce Eisenberg and Mel Keefer with Wayne Ferreira at the Eisenberg Tournament, ITC – Ramat Hasharon.
Eisenberg Tournament ITC Ramat Hasharon

1997

Coexistence Program expanded to Jewish, Arab, Bedouin and Druze children.
ITC Co-existence Program Expansion 1997

2001

The Residence Academy for talented players opens in Ramat Hasharon.
Residence Academy Ramat Hasharon

2003

Anna Smashnova reaches a career high singles WTA ranking of 15 in the world.
ITC Anna Smashnova Rep Israel Fed Cup

2006

Tamir Segal and Rachel Elmoualem from Kiryat Shmona and Ashkelon are awarded first Golf Medals at Special Olympics European Championships held in Berlin.
Segal Elmoualem ITC Special Olympics Gold

2007

Dudi Sela defeats Chile in the Davis cup in October 2007.
Dudi Sela Chile Davis Cup

2008

The ITC receives an award from the Prime Minister for its contribution to Israel’s children.
ITC President Award for Contribution to Children

Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich win the Australian Open Doubles Title.
Ram Elrich ITC Davis Cup

2009

Dudi Sela reaches a career high ranking of 29 in the world.
Dudi Sela ITC

Opening of the tennis center in Sajur Galilee (Druze town).
ITC Sajour Location Opening

2010

The highlight of opening the new Tennis Center in Akko (mixed population of 67% Jews and 28% Arabs and 5% others).
Akko Israel Tennis Center Opening

2011

Shahar Pe’er reaches career high singles ranking of 11 in the world.
ITC Shahar Peer Ranking 11

Muhammad Kunbar and Jafar Tawil from the iTC – Jerusalem, are the first Arabs to represent Israel at an international tennis tournament (Special Olympics in Athens, Greece).
Kunbar Tawil ITC Special Olympics

Embrace Program is recognized by the government as an official program for children at risk included in the book of national programs for children at risk.
Children Israel Tennis Foundation Jaffa Location

2012

Annual celebration of the “Embrace” project for children at risk in June at the ITC – Akko, involving more than 120 children from around Israel
ITC Annual Embrace Celebration Akko

2013

Maccabiah Masters Tennis competition hosted at the ITC – Jerusalem and ITC – Ramat Hasharon from July 17th to 30th
ITC Maccabiah Games 2013

Inauguration of the Chicago Dome, the spacious new indoor tennis facility at the ITC – Haifa, in October
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2014

ITC launches Children to Children Tennis Diplomacy Exchange Program with team from the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center in Soweto, SA. ITC Children to Children Program 2014

2015

Israeli children visiting their peers from Legacy Youth Tennis & Education in Philadelphia as part of the ITC’s global diplomacy exchange program in July and August.itc-our-history-2015

2016

ITC alums and Grand Slam Champions Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich present special award to Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav during ceremonies at the ITC – Haifa marking our 40th anniversary. itc-history-2016