Father-son doubles pairing at Maccabiah

Sam Marshall, competing for India, left, and his son Yosi, competing for England, formed a doubles team at the 19th Maccabiah Games. (Courtesy Sam Marshall)

Sam Marshall, competing for India, left, and his son Yosi, competing for England, formed a doubles team at the 19th Maccabiah Games. (Courtesy Sam Marshall)

Mumbai’s Sam Marshall, 77, and Yosi Marshall, 51, of London, saw more of each other than normal at the Maccabiah Games. Father and son constituted a Marshall doubles team in tennis.

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Sam Marshall serves as head of India’s 33-member delegation, which also includes athletes in karate, cricket, golf, badminton and table tennis. He was pessimistic about his and his son’s chances. The pair are being forced to compete in the 50-55 grouping after a request to take their average age, 64, and grant them entry to the 60-65 bracket was rebuffed.

The Marshalls lost to an Australian doubles pair in their match at Tel Aviv’s Hadar Yosef Tennis Center.

Still, Marshall said, “We had a good match.” The experience of pairing on the court with his son was fun.

He plans to be back in the Maccabiah in 2017 — and beyond.

“I propose to carry on until my 12th Maccabiah, when I’ll be 101,” said Marshall, who is participating in the games for the sixth time. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Hillel Kuttler in 2011 launched “Seeking Kin,” his now-thrice-monthly column on people searching for long-lost relatives and friends. Hillel also writes regularly for the N.Y. Times, where his features often tackle the nexus of sports and history. Hillel served for 6 1/2 years as The Jerusalem Post’s Washington bureau chief. He has earned national awards for his feature stories on the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and on NBA player Omri Casspi.

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