Noam Okun
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Noam Okun
Noam Okun
Noam Okun 2007 US Open.jpg
Country (sports) Israel
ResidenceHaifa, Israel
Born (1978-04-16) April 16, 1978 (age 42)
Haifa, Israel
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1996
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$784,555
Career record36-59
Career titles0
5 Challengers, 5 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 95 (22 April 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2000, 2002)
French OpenQ3 (2005)
Wimbledon1R (2002, 2005)
US Open2R (2002, 2006)
Career record1-5
Career titles0
9 Challengers, 2 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 162 (6 July 2009)
Last updated on: 25 October 2012.

Noam Okun (Hebrew: ‎; born April 16, 1978) is an Israeli retired professional tennis player.

He reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 95 in April 2002.[1] Okun won several challenger tournaments in his career, and was a consistent competitor on the ATP tour, often qualifying for Grand Slam events.

He, Harel Levy, and Dudi Sela were Israel's top singles players for a number of years. Okun trained at the Israel Tennis Centers.[2]

Early life

Okun was born in Haifa, Israel.[1] His parents are Igor (who works for Israeli Electric Company) and Galit (an assistant to an orthopedic doctor), and he is Jewish.[1][3][4]

Tennis career

Okun began playing tennis at age nine, and was selected to be part of the Israeli Tennis Federation program after a short course at school.[1]

He turned pro in 1999, at the age of 21.

In 2000, Okun qualified for the Australian Open, where he lost to hometown favorite Mark Philippoussis in a five-set thriller, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 2-6. This was Okun's grand slam debut.[1]

In March 2002, Okun upset Albert Portas of Spain, ranked # 26 in the world, 7-6(4), 6-4, in Scottsdale. In July 2002 he upset Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands, ranked # 23 in the world, 7-6(5), 7-6(4), in Los Angeles. Okun qualified into the 2002 US Open, and lost to world # 1 and defending champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, 6-7(7), 4-6, 1-6 in the second round.[1]

In August 2003 Okun upset Martin Verkerk of the Netherlands, ranked # 15 in the world, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, in Cincinnati.[1]

Noam Okun at 2004 U.S. Open

In August 2004, Okun won his first title in Binghamton, New York, beating Danai Udomchoke 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 for the title.[1]

In June 2005, Okun qualified for Wimbledon, and lost to Gaël Monfils 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-7(14) in the first round. In September 2005, Okun qualified for the US Open and lost to Mariano Puerta 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 4-6, 0-6 in the first round.[1]

In September 2006, Okun qualified for the US Open, and beat Potito Starace 6-2, 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 in the first round. Okun went down to ?ukasz Kubot in the second round, 6-7(7), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 4-6.[1]

In July 2007, Okun won his second challenger title in Winnetka, Illinois, beating South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3 in the final.[1]

In February 2009 he won an Israel F2 tournament, and lost in the finals of an Israel F3 tournament to Harel Levy, by walkover.[5] In August and September 2009, he won three tournaments -- an Israel F4, F5 and F6 tournament.[5]

In March 2015, he played in an Israel F3 tournament in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, and lost in the finals to Isak Arvidsson of Sweden.[5]

Davis Cup

Okun was a major force on the Israeli Davis Cup team, playing for it in 1999 and since 2001, going 17-16, and winning both of his matches in Israel's 2006 3-2 victory over Great Britain.[6] His Davis Cup record also includes big wins in live rubbers over Wayne Ferreira, Jarkko Nieminen, and Andreas Seppi.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Noam Okun | Overview | ATP World Tour | Tennis
  2. ^ "ITC Champions". June 29, 2007. Archived from the original on June 29, 2007. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ Levi, Joshua, "Israeli star trains at Maccabi courts," The Australian Jewish News," 1/10/08, accessed 6/4/09 Archived 2008-09-18 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Davis, Carin (August 15, 2002). "Up Front". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Noam Okun | Player Activity | ATP World Tour | Tennis
  6. ^ Davis Cup - Players

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