Tennis has been a very popular sport amongst the Jewish community dating back to the early 1900’s and many South African players have achieved success on the global stage as well as represented SA at the Maccabiah. This long list includes Ian Froman, Earl Grainger, Howard Herr, Ilana Kloss, Julian Krinsky, Brian Levine, Syd Levy, Julie Mayer, David Nainkin, Jackie Saul, Abe Segal and David Schneider. Froman was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

Maccabi SA has a proud history at the Maccabiah and is the only SA sport to have attended every single Games since 1935, where the team won their first (gold) medal and have won multiple medals at every Maccabiah since, across all age categories and formats. In 2009, SA’s oldest medal winner 84-year-old Isaac Joffe took home bronze in the Grand Masters Doubles event. Tennis has also achieved success at the Pan American games, winning 10 medals in Buenos Aires in 2007.


Maccabi Tennis is split into 3 main age groups: Junior (U18), Open (18 – 35) and Masters (35+). Junior tennis is managed by Byron Werbeloff and has been increasingly active and seen an impressive growth since mid 2014.

Keep an eye on this page for updates on the 2017 preparations. For more information on tennis, please contact the respective Maccabi SA Convenor:

Junior Tennis – Byron Werbeloff :

Masters Tennis – Desmond Hyman:


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