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Maccabi 90th Anniversary 'Inspirations' Series

Posted: 05-Mar-2015 by Maccabi VIC

 

Eva de Jong - Duldig

Eva is the most outstanding Jewish tennis player to have been involve in the Maccabi movement.

Winner of three MDA Best Australian Jewish Sportswoman of the Year Awards, she also won three Maccabiah Gold Medals.

She played Wimbledon in 1961, '62 and '63 reaching the last 32 in the singles and the quarter-finals of the doubles on all three occasions.

Joining her Dutch husband, Henri de Jong, in Holland in 1962, Eva won the Dutch National Championship and represented Holland in Federation Cup and other international events.

Eva held Victorian Open Rankings in tennis between 1957 and 1968, and represented the State in interstate competitions on a number of occasions.

In 2008 the Eva de Jong-Duldig Club Room at the Maccabi Tennis Club's Leon Haskin Tennis Centre, was named to honour and acknowledge Eva’s illustrious tennis career and her long and passionate commitment to Jewish Tennis internationally.

Zvi Schweitzer

 In 2014 at the Victorian Tennis Championships for players with an Intellectual Disability,  Zvi Schweitzer from Maccabi Tennis Club successfully defended his singles title and was able to add the doubles title.

This is the fourth time Zvi has been the Victorian Singles champion, to add to his victories in 2009, 2010 and 2013.  

This victory will keep Zvi near the top of the Australian rankings for players with an Intellectual Disability to help him qualify for his goal of a fifth time at representing Australia in tennis.  Zvi hopes to be part of the Australian Tennis Team which will be travelling to Ecuador in September 2015 as part of the Global Games.

In June of 2013 Zvi was one of four Australian male tennis players with an Intellectual Disability to represent Australia in the International World Tennis Championships played in Prague, Czech republic.

Zvi Schweitzer, All Abilities member, encompasses the core values of Maccabi Victoria; teamwork, fair play and most significantly, sporting achievement.

In 2014, Zvi's achievements in the sporting arena were recognised at the annual Maccabi Victoria presentation evening, receiving the President's Award. 

Zvi was invited to attend the Victoria Tennis Awards Championships Dinner. He was pleasantly surprised to be a finalist for the 'Most Outstanding Athlete with a disability' award. Congratulations! 

Zvi has been playing tennis at Maccabi Tennis Club for 6 years now.

During that time he has become involved in the tennis coaching program, being an

assistant coach.

Zvi plays tennis for Maccabi in both the Winter and Summer competitions, in both

cases helping the team to get to the finals.

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