Dudi grew up in Kiryat Shemona in the north of Israel, not far from where I grew up (my brother once lost to his older brother Ofer in straights
Kiryat Shemona, even for most Israelis, is known for its short distance from the Lebanese border and the Hizbulla missiles landing in its territory every now and then, and most of its residents have limited financial capabilities.
Dudi's family moved to Tel-Aviv with him to give him a shot at becoming a professional (he was one of the best in the world in juniors), but could not afford to make up for the modest (to say the least) financial support he's received from our tennis federation.
When people judge Noam Okun for what he said about women's tennis they should keep in mind its mainly frustration about the kind of opportunities a player like Shahar Peer, whose parents are very rich, has always had that he would never get.
Noam has talent, I watched him outplay Hewitt for large part of their 2002 USO match, but it was evident it was proper training and mental preparation he had lacked.
I hope one of those rich jews around the world will take Dudi as his personal project to let him see how good he really is.