Sabrina, 10 years old, trains five times a week in the High Performance Program at the ITEC – Tel Aviv and is part of the ITEC National Girls Team. Her parents were originally from Uzbekistan and immigrated to Israel in 2002, a year before she was born. Her father, Arsen, and her mother, Allesia, both orphans, grew up in the same orphanage in Tashkent. It was there that they met and ultimately fell in love. They eventually married in Uzbekistan, before making the difficult move to Israel and settling in South Tel Aviv. Sabrina started playing when she was four years old.
“From the very first time I hit a tennis ball, I fell in love with this sport. Every day that passes, I enjoy it more and more. I have a great coach, Dvora Marsha, and I enjoy every minute I spend on the court with her and my friends. I go to every practice and I want to do everything I can to achieve some great results. I am so thankful that I live in Israel and am able to play at the ITEC, because I love my country so much. My dream is to become the best tennis player in the world”.
Igal Gipsh, Manager of the ITEC – Tel Aviv, said “Sabrina is a wonderful child. Not only is she always smiling and very positive, but she has so much talent. I truly believe in her potential and I am sure she can go on to become a professional tennis player. Her determination, focus and hard work are amazing to see in such a young girl”. Sabrina is able to play tennis thanks to a scholarship she receives from the Israel Tennis & Education Centers. There thousands of children who are in a similar situation as Sabrina and, thanks to the financial help they receive from the ITEC, they are able to participate in tennis and fitness programs in centers around the country.