In August the ATP regretfully announced that the inaugural Negev Israel Open in Tel Aviv, Israel, would not take place in 2014 due to security concerns arising from the military conflict in the region. The Negev Israel Open had been set to become the first ATP World Tour event in Israel since 1996. The tournament, previously hosted in St. Petersburg, Russia, had been due to take place from 15-21 September.
The Israel Tennis Center at Ramat HaSharon previously hosted an ATP World Tour event from 1978 through 1996.
Amos Mansdorf, Israel's highest-ranked ATP player of all time, reached the final five times, claiming the title in 1987 with victory over Brad Gilbert in the final.
Gilbert triumphed three times, while fellow American Jimmy Connors won his 110th and final title in 1989 in Tel Aviv by defeating Israeli Gilad Bloom.
Israel's top singles player, Dudi Sela, has finished in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings in six of the past seven years, and reached a career-high No. 29 in 2009. He won a career-best 18 matches that season and led Israel into its first Davis Cup semi-final. Sela, along with doubles stars Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, currently reside in Tel Aviv.