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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 March, 2005, 13:14 GMT
Davis Cup - Israel profiles
Harel Levy
Davis Cup titles: 0
Played since: 1949
Ties played: 85
Win/loss: W 34 L 51

Israel take on Great Britain for the second time, having lost 4-1 to a team led by Roger Taylor and Mike Sangster in London in 1965.

The Davis Cup high point came with their only World Group win in 1988, when a two-man team of Shlomo Glickstein and Amos Mansdorf beat a Czech side that included Miroslav Mecir and Karel Novacek.

A 4-0 quarter-final defeat in India followed but Israel managed to stay in the World Group for much of the following six years.

More recently, the only chance at returning to the top flight ended with a 4-1 drubbing by France in 1998, but Israel go into the GB match on the back of a victory over Finland.

Noam Okun
Age: 26
World ranking: 153
Davis Cup career:
W 9 L 9
Okun spends most of his time on the Challenger circuit and is at his best on the type of hard courts to be used in Tel Aviv.

He has been a Davis Cup player for six years and on court tends to favour his backhand.

Okun picked up one Challenger title in New York last year during a decent summer on the American hard courts that also brought two semis and a quarter-final appearance.

In the Davis Cup, the 26-year-old pushed Germany's Rainer Schuettler and Nicolas Kiefer to three sets, and later beat Jarkko Nieminen in the win over Finland.

Harel Levy
Age: 26
World ranking: 256
Davis Cup career:
W 17 L 10

The former Israeli number one has not shown much form over the past 12 months, slipping down the rankings from a position just outside the top 100.

He has impressive wins over Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick and Tim Henman to his name but has not recovered that form since a six-month injury lay-off in 2001.

Like Okun he considers hard courts to be his best surface, but Levy failed to win two consecutive matches on the Challenger circuit in 2004.

There were brief highlights, such as qualifying for the Masters Series event in Indian Wells and the French Open, but he could not build on those moments.

Levy also lost his all three Davis Cup rubbers he played, although his career record of 17 wins to 10 defeats suggests the event brings out the best in him.

Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram
Age: 27 & 24
World rankings: 29 & 31 (doubles)
Davis Cup career:
W 3 L 2
Israel know that realistically they have to win the doubles if they are to take the tie as they have a strong partnership with more experience than any British pairing.

Erlich and Ram are proven performers on the doubles tour with four titles each - three together - including Lyon last year.

At Wimbledon 2003 they became the first Israelis to reach a Grand Slam semi-final and rankings in or around the world's top 30 are testament to their solid form.

Last year they reached the quarter-finals at the Olympics in Athens and also made the last eight at the Toronto and Cincinnati Masters.

However, they have an unspectacular 3-2 record when playing together in the Davis Cup that does not include any significant scalps.

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