The city’s stunning beaches, great weather, exciting nightlife, beautiful desert landscapes and tennis facilities make it a popular destination for domestic and international tourism, and has welcomed many professional tennis players over the years.
Eilat has even played host to the European-African zone group of the Fed Cup Tennis Games for the past three years.
But on Monday night, in an unannounced visit, Sarena Williams, arguably the biggest female tennis star in the world, touched down in the picturesque city.
Williams’ sojourn to the Jewish state came after a weekend visit to Nigeria and South Africa, where she competed against her sister Venus, in an exhibition match, followed by a stop in Paris, France.
Writing on her Twitter page, Sarena made her feelings for South Africa known: “I LOVE SOUTH AFRICA!!!! I LOVE it. I LOVE it. I LOVE it. And I love everyone here!!! You guys made my trip amaz! I can’t wait to come back!” wrote Sarena.
At 31, Serena – who is expected to vacation in Israel until Sunday – has captured 29 Grand Slam titles, 15 in singles and the rest in doubles with her sister, Venus. This year she also won the Wimbledon and US Open tournaments.
Pics from yesterday’s Tel Aviv Nike Night Run by Arsen Ostrovsky
And Tyler Perry, best known for his character of overweight sassy grandmother Madea in films such as Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea’s Family Reunion, dropped 30 pounds in preparation for the film.
The 43-year-old revealed on The Today Show on Wednesday that he lost the weight with the aid of a form of Israeli martial arts called Krav Maga.
Speaking to Savannah Guthrie, he said: ‘When I started doing the movie, I did Krav Maga, that’s kind of like UFC, I really got into it, dropping a lot of weight,’ he said.
‘It’s Israeli fighting, mixed martial arts, really great, but it’s a kick a** work out.’
The actor also spoke about his excitement taking on the role of Cross, who was previously portrayed by Morgan Freeman in Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider.
‘It was super exciting. This character has such an arc. I had a chance to do a lot of different things, a lot of drama and fun and family, and also a lot of action, so it was great,’ he said.
Tyler, who is also a hugely successful writer, director and producer, said starring in the film, titled Alex Cross, was a good vacation from being behind the lens.
‘(It was) a good vacation. I’m a good leader, but also a follower, and I let the Director sit back and do his thing so it was really great.’
The star also discussed taking the role over from Freeman.
‘I looked at it as the arc of the character. One thing I looked at is Morgan Freeman. He played god in the movie,’ he explained. ‘You don’t ever go behind god in a movie, but once I realized I have to do the best Tyler Perry playing Alex Cross, it worked out all right and I let go.’
In the latest issue of Men’s Health, Perry shows off his slimmed down form on the front cover.
In an interview with the magazine, the actor says that he feels more confident with his fitter form.
‘I feel it’s OK to be thought of as sexy,’ he says.
As well as Krav Maga, Perry also got into shape with cardiovascular workouts, body-weight moves and cable work with a trainer.
He also indulged in a healthy diet consisting of egg whites, ground turkey chili and grilled chicken breasts
‘All my life I’ve tried to hide my height. I was taller than everybody else and stood out, so I would slouch and try to hide it,’ he said.
‘But what I’ve been able to do with my body, I’m owning it. I’m standing up when I walk into a room.’
The 41st General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees will be held in the resort city of Eilat in early December.
The conference, which will summarize the 2012 London Games and discuss preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics, will be attended by delegations from 49 countries, heads of the International Olympic Committee, athletes and journalists.
A total of 400 representatives of National Olympic Committees and 300 other attendees are expected to arrive from abroad.
According to Eilat Deputy Mayor, “The conference, which will create a huge amount of exposure for Eilat, will last three days, but the guests are arriving for five days in which they will enjoy a series of events, including parties and tours.”
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Israel’s national team yesterday continued its momentum from last Friday, easily beating Luxembourg for the second time in five days.
While only scoring three times, in comparison to Friday’s six, Eli Guttman can be very pleased with his striking duo of Tomer Hemed and Eden Ben Basat. Hemed scored twice last night, taking his tally in the two games to five goals and making him the lead scorer of the World Cup qualifiers. Ben Basat scored yesterday’s other goal, and combined, both strikers scored seven of Israel’s nine goals against Luxembourg.
Luxembourg isn’t exactly known as a force to be reckoned with on the soccer field. From the 12th minute on, there was no doubt as to who the eventual winner would be, when Hemed hooked onto a fine Bibras Natkho pass and slotted home. Natkho, continuing his display of confidence, was again the provider in the 35th minute, sending Ben Basat in to lob a beauty past the Luxembourg goalkeeper.
Hemed scored his second three minutes after the second half kicked off, with a powerful header, but by that stage it seemed the national team had had enough. From then on it was all a matter of cruise control. Luxembourg ventured closer to the Israeli goal, but its only real opportunity came after a smooth attack in the 92nd minute, which forced Dekel Keinan to clear from the line after goalkeeper Dudu Aouate was already beaten.
Guttman refused to get carried away after the match. “I’m very pleased with the players. They were ready for the challenge and fortunately our rivals had very few chances to score,” he said. “We knew we had to move the ball around patiently and wait for the opening.”
Guttman is fully aware that the Portugal match on March 22 next year will be a whole new ball game: “It’s too early to say what we’ll see against Portugal. I saw their game against Russia, they lost, but were in complete control of the game for most of the stages. We have a few months to prepare, and I hope that some of the players I’m counting on will find their form. Still, I’m very proud of the players who took to the field today.”
Hemed was also already thinking of the next game. “Against Portugal it will be a completely different story, and we’re all aware of that,” he said. “First we have friendlies against Belarus and Finland and we would love to have the fans turn out and support us. We need them.”
Hemed didn’t forget that Yossi Benayoun wasn’t part of the squad for the two Luxembourg games: “We all love Yossi. He has a special role in the national team. We would all love to have him with us, but of course we respect the coach’s decisions.”
Aouate, who once again was team captain, can now boast 70 international caps – more than any other goalkeeper in the national team’s history. “I’m really proud of the record, and pleased that we kept a clean sheet tonight,” Aouate said. “It’s still hard for me to believe I’m on the same list as Bonni Ginzburg and Itzhak Visoker.”
Elsewhere in Group F, Azerbaijan managed to stop Russia for 84 minutes in Moscow, until the Russians were awarded a dubious penalty. Cue a 1-0 victory and four wins out of four games for the group leader. Portugal only managed a draw, aginst Northern Ireland 1-1, Postiga scoring the equalizer 10 minutes before time.