VIDEO: Dudi Sela retires midway during Shenzhen Open quarter-finals due to religious reasons

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, September 29th, 2017 | 0

A tennis player retiring due to an injury is an extremely common sight in tennis. But, retirement due to religious reasons is perhaps something that you must have never heard of before.

Israel’s Dudi Sela gave up midway during his quarter-final clash against Alexander Dolgopolov at the Shenzhen Open on Friday. The reason? Well, he had to rush for Yom Kippur.

In Judaism, Yom Kippur is known to be the holiest day of the year. Devotees observe the day with 25 hours of fasting, besides offering prayers in synagogue.

According to bolamarela, Jews must begin fasting on September 29 (Friday) till the sunset of the next day. And Sela – on realizing that sunset was near – called off his match.

The 32-year-old was trailing 6-3 4-6 1-0 against fifth-seeded Dolgopolov of Ukraine when he informed the umpire about his decision and rushed his way out of the court.



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