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December 23, 2012 3:51 pm

12 Year-Old Israeli Yshai Oliel Wins Prestigious International Tennis Tournament (VIDEO)

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Yshai Oliel at the Dunlop Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships. Photo: YouTube

One of the top youth tennis tournaments crowned its champions Sunday, and in the twelve year-old age group Yshai Oliel of Ramla, Israel came out on top. Oliel defeated Patrick Sydow 3:6, 1:6 of Aruba at the 51st annual Dunlop Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship, joining a distinguished list of winners that includes Andy Murray and Jimmy Connors.

After his victory Oliel said, “I am very happy and very excited. I have not digested the achievement. For me this is just the beginning.”

His coach Jan Pochter told the media “I am very happy about the accomplishment, Yshai accomplished a great achievement and I am proud of him. It has been a long process. We started 8 years ago and I’m glad that everything is reflected here. We are very excited and hope to have many more achievements.”

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Prime Minister Netanyahu called the young star following his victory, and told him “You are a true champion. You brought honor to the State of Israel and pride to your parents.”

Check out the below video of Yshai volleying:

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