Rafael Nadal reaches for a shot in a 2012 tournament. (Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images) Rafael Nadal reaches for a shot in a 2012 tournament. (Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images) Rafael Nadal, who last won an ATP World Tour 250 event in December, reaches for a shot in a 2012 tournament. (Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Tel Aviv tournament added to 2014 ATP World Tour

World tennis event returns to Israel for first time since 1996.

The ATP World Tour features some of the very best tennis players in the world and the competition is fierce every single year. Now, for the first time since 1996, the tournament is headed back to Israel.

In late April, the ATP announced their decision to move the ATP World Tour 250 event from its original location in St. Petersburg, Russia, to Tel Aviv, Israel.

"After 19 memorable years in St. Petersburg, the time has come for us to take the tournament in a new direction," said Ruslan Linkov, tournament representative. "We are very excited about the opportunities that lie in Tel Aviv and look forward to holding a successful event in September."

The event will attract the very best players in the world, including Israeli Dudi Sela, all vying for $1 million in prize money. The tournament is set to take place at the Israel Tennis Centre at Ramat HaSharon from Sept. 15 to 21.

Dudi SelaIsrael's Dudi Sela is expected to compete. (Photo: Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

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