Bulgaria and Israel signed a memorandum of cooperation in the field of tennis. The document was signed by the president of the Bulgarian Tennis Federation (BFT) Stefan Tsvetkov and the president of the Israeli Tennis Association (ITA) Avi Perets.
The two exchanged copies of the document on the center court at the Bulgarian National Tennis Center (BNTC) in Sofia. As a special gift, Mr. Perets received the “Tennis through three centuries” almanac, which contains the 125-year history of tennis in Bulgaria.
The basis of the cooperation will be the development of young Bulgarian tennis players and the new opportunities opening up to them from the exchange with Israel.
“This contract is very important and strategic,” commented Mr. Tsvetkov. joint camps, preparation, exchange of “wild card” for tournaments. It is an honor that we will be partners and in the face of Israel, Bulgarian tennis will receive serious support. We have an idea for other countries from the region to join in the future. We sympathize with our friends from Israel that at the moment they cannot have a normal life and sports calendar. I hope that there will be peace in the region again soon.”
For his part, the ITA president expressed gratitude for the friendship of Stefan Tsvetkov and the warm support from the BFT. And he shared the additional personal emotion he feels since his arrival in Sofia.
“My father is from Bulgaria, this is his hometown, and for me this is a very emotional moment – said Mr. Perets. – I believe that this cooperation of ours will give excellent results. We have many ideas, and the possibilities are endless, as says, the sky is our limit. Our partnership starts now and I believe it will last for a long time. We want to help each other develop in many areas – juniors, professional tennis, veterans. It is good that we have such good friendly relations. At the moment the situation in Israel is tough. Sports have been sidelined. We have canceled many competitions. We are currently experiencing the darkest days since the Holocaust.”
The head of Israeli tennis also commented on the organization of the Sofia Open 2023 – the tournament that urgently replaced in the ATP calendar the competition that was supposed to be held this week in Tel Aviv.
“The Bulgarian Tennis Federation made a real world record after it managed to organize the ATP tournament in 18 days, which was supposed to be in Tel Aviv. I hope that the situation in Israel will normalize and next year we will be able to invite Stefan Tsvetkov to the tournament with us Peretz said.
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