May 17, 2024

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Dudi Sela retires for religious reasons

Unfortunate timing for Dudi Sela Friday in Shenzhen, China.

Because of his observance of Yom Kippur (which lasts from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday), the Israeli had to default early in the third set of his quarterfinal match.

It’s the first time that’s happened in his 15-year career.

Not that he would have won. But it potentially cost him $12,000 and ranking points, had he pulled it out.

Sela asked for an early start. But he was scheduled second on after 2 p.m.

His Saturday semi would have been at night, well after sundown.

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