Jonathan Erlich

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Jonathan Erlich
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Country  Israel
Residence Tel Aviv, Israel
Born (1977-04-05) April 5, 1977 (age 37)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 1996
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,995,355
Singles
Career record 6–6
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 292 (October 4, 1999)
Doubles
Career record 284–210
Career titles 17
Highest ranking No. 5 (July 7, 2008)
Current ranking No. 61 (May 6, 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2008)
French Open 3R (2004, 2007)
Wimbledon SF (2003)
US Open QF (2005)
Other Doubles tournaments
Tour Finals RR (2006, 2007)
Olympic Games QF (2004)
Last updated on: January 24, 2013.

Jonathan Dario "Yoni" Erlich (Hebrew: יונתן דאריו "יוני" ארליך‎, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 5, 1977) is a professional Israeli tennis player. He plays doubles, primarily.

He won the men's doubles title at the 2008 Australian Open with Andy Ram.

He attained his highest doubles ranking of World No. 5 in July 2008. Erlich has reached 30 doubles finals and won 17 of them, mostly with partner Andy Ram; together, they are known in Israel as "AndiYoni". His Davis Cup doubles record, as of 2013, was 17–7.

Background[edit]

Erlich, who is Jewish,[1][2] was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He moved to Haifa, Israel, when he was a one-year-old, and now resides in Tel Aviv and competes as an Israeli.

Erlich first started playing tennis when he was three years old, and he played his first tournament at the age of seven.[3] He was later trained at the Wingate Institute, where he met Andy Ram, his future doubles partner. He turned pro in 1996 at the age of 19.

Erlich is known as a fan of the football team Maccabi Haifa.[4]

Tennis career[edit]

1996–2005[edit]

Erlich and Ram first competed at Queen's Club in June 2001. In 2002, in singles Erlich defeated world # 64 ranked Adrian Voinea of Romania, 6–2, 6–3, in Indianapolis.

The Israeli duo's best achievement was reaching the semifinal of the Wimbledon championships in 2003. They defeated Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor but lost the semifinal to defending Wimbledon champions Jonas Björkman and Todd Woodbridge. They were the first Israelis to advance to the semifinals in a Grand Slam event.[5]

They won the Thailand Open in September 2003 and the Grand Prix de Lyon in October 2003, defeating Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut 6–1, 6–3 in the final.[5]

Erlich advanced with Liezel Huber of South Africa to the semifinals in the mixed doubles tournament in 2004 at the Australian Open. They were defeated by Leander Paes and Martina Navratilova in the semifinals.[5]

Ram and Erlich won the Lyon tournament again in October 2004. They defeated Jonas Björkman and Radek Štěpánek 7–6, 6–2 in the final. Erlich and Ram's next major tournament win was in Rotterdam in February 2005. They beat Czechs Cyril Suk and Pavel Vízner 6–4, 4–6, 6–3 in the finals. Ram and Erlich missed the French Open in 2005 due to the death of Ram's father shortly before the tournament was due to start.[5] They reached 8th place in the doubles ranking at the end of 2005, and served as alternates at the Masters Cup in Shanghai.

Ram/Erlich at the 2008 Gerry Weber Open

2006–present[edit]

Erlich and Ram claimed the Adelaide title in March 2006, defeating Russian finalists Dmitry Tursunov and Igor Kunitsyn 6–3, 6–2.[6]

At Cincinnati, at the ATP Masters, in August he and Ram won, upsetting the world # 1 Bryan brothers in the final 4–6, 6–3, 13–11. In November, they again defeated the world # 1 ranked Bryan brothers at the Tennis Masters Cup in China, 7–6, 2–6, 6–1. At the US Open, he played doubles with Ram, losing to the eventual winners Simon Aspelin and Julian Simon, 5–7, 6–7. The team won their first Grand Slam by winning the 2008 Australian Open final against Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra 7–5, 7–6.

From September 2008 till May 2009 Erlich was recovering from right elbow surgery, and suffered setback after setback,[7] while Ram was playing doubles with other partners. The Israel Open ATP Challenger tournament in May 2009 was the first where the two reunited. Erlich and Ram proceeded to the tournament's final, where they lost to George Bastl and Chris Guccione 6–3, 7–63. After the tournament Ram announced that he was going to finish the season with his temporary partner Max Mirnyi, before returning to play with Erlich on a permanent basis.[8] Later the same month, Erlich partnering Harel Levy won his first ATP tournament after returning to play, the Türk Telecom İzmir Cup (an ATP Challenger Tour event).

Davis Cup[edit]

Playing for the Israel Davis Cup team in 2000 and from 2002–09, he has won 12 of his 16 matches, including wins in Israel's 2006 win over Great Britain, 2007 win over Luxembourg, 2007 wins over Italy and Chile (in which he and Ram defeated Olympic Gold Medal winners González and Massú), and 2009 win over Russia.[9]

Israel (ranked 8th in the Davis Cup standings, with 5,394 points) hosted heavily favored Russia (winners in 2002 and 2006, and the top-ranked country in Davis Cup standings, with 27,897 points) in a Davis Cup quarterfinal tie in July 2009, on indoor hard courts at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.[10][11] Israel was represented by Erlich, Ram, Dudi Sela, and Harel Levy. Russia's lineup consisted of Marat Safin (# 24 in the world; former world # 1), Igor Andreev (26), Igor Kunitsyn (35), and Mikhail Youzhny (44; former world # 8).[12][13] The stage was set by Safin, who prior to the tie told the press: "With all due respect, Israel was lucky to get to the quarterfinals."[14] The Israeli team's response was to beat the Russian team in each of their first three matches, thereby winning the tie. Levy, world # 210, beat Russia's top player, Andreev, world # 24, 6–4, 6–2, 4–6, 6–2 in the opening match. Sela (# 33) followed by beating Russian Youzhny 3–6, 6–1, 6–0, 7–5. Israeli captain Eyal Ran likened his players to two fighter jets on court, saying: "I felt as if I had two F-16s out there today, they played amazingly well." The match was attended by 10,500 people, the largest ever crowd ever for a tennis match held in Israel.[15] The next day Erlich and Ram beat Safin and Kunitsyn 6–3, 6–4, 6–7, 4–6, 6–4 in front of a boisterous crowd of over 10,000.[16] "This is something I will cherish for all of my life," said Erlich.[17] He added, "Everybody has dreams, but there are some you don’t allow yourself to have, and beating Russia 3–0 was just like that .. but we have done it."[18] Even the Saudi Gazette described the doubles match as a "thrilling" win.[19] Ran was carried shoulder-high around the Tel Aviv stadium, as the 10,000-strong crowd applauded.[20] With the tie clinched for Israel, the reverse singles rubbers were "dead", and instead of best-of-five matches, best-of-three sets were played, with the outcomes of little to no importance.[17] Israel wrapped up a 4–1 victory over Russia, as Levy defeated Kunitsyn 6–4, 4–6, 7–6, while Sela retired with a wrist injury while down 3–4 in the first set against Andreev.[21]

Olympics[edit]

Erlich and Ram represented Israel at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and reached the quarterfinals. They also represented Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

Major finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 2008 Australian Open Hard Israel Andy Ram France Arnaud Clément
France Michaël Llodra
7–5, 7–6(7–4)

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 30 (17–13)[edit]

Legend (pre/post 2009)
Grand Slam Tournaments (1/0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (2/4)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1/3)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (13/6)
Wins by Surface
Hard (9/11)
Clay (1/1)
Grass (5/1)
Carpet (2/0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. July 10, 2000 Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships, Newport, United States Grass Israel Harel Levy United Kingdom Kyle Spencer
United States Mitch Sprengelmeyer
7–6(7–2), 7–5
Winner 2. September 29, 2003 Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand Hard Israel Andy Ram Finland Jarkko Nieminen
Australia Andrew Kratzmann
6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 3. October 13, 2003 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Lyon, France Carpet Israel Andy Ram France Nicolas Mahut
France Julien Benneteau
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 1. January 11, 2004 Chennai Open, Chennai, India Hard Israel Andy Ram Spain Rafael Nadal
Spain Tommy Robredo
6–7(3–7), 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 2. February 22, 2004 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard Israel Andy Ram Australia Paul Hanley
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
7–5, 6–7(5–7), 5–7
Winner 4. October 11, 2004 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Lyon, France Carpet Israel Andy Ram Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
Sweden Jonas Björkman
7–6(7–2), 6–2
Winner 5. February 25, 2005 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard Israel Andy Ram Czech Republic Cyril Suk
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 6. June 20, 2005 Nottingham Open, Nottingham, England Grass Israel Andy Ram Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Todd Perry
4–6, 6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 3. July 31, 2005 Countrywide Classic, Los Angeles, United States Hard Israel Andy Ram United States Rick Leach
United States Brian MacPhie
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. August 13, 2005 Rogers Cup, Montreal, Canada Hard Israel Andy Ram Zimbabwe Wayne Black
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
7–6(7–5), 3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 5. October 2, 2005 Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand Hard (i) Israel Andy Ram Australia Paul Hanley
India Leander Paes
6–5(7–5), 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. October 16, 2005 BA-CA TennisTrophy, Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Israel Andy Ram The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
3–5, 4–5(2–5)
Winner 7. January 9, 2006 Next Generation Adelaide International, Adelaide, Australia Hard Israel Andy Ram Australia Paul Hanley
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
7–6(7–4), 7–6(12–10)
Runner-up 7. February 26, 2006 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Israel Andy Ram Australia Paul Hanley
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6–7(4–7), 6–7(2–7)
Runner-up 8. May 13, 2006 Rome Masters, Rome, Italy Clay Israel Andy Ram The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
4–6, 7–5, [11–13]
Winner 8. June 26, 2006 Nottingham Open, Nottingham, England Grass Israel Andy Ram Russia Igor Kunitsyn
Russia Dmitry Tursunov
6–3, 6–3
Winner 9. August 28, 2006 Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven, United States Hard Israel Andy Ram Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6–3, 6–3
Winner 10. October 2, 2006 Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand Hard Israel Andy Ram United Kingdom Andy Murray
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
6–2, 2–6, [10–4]
Runner-up 9. March 4, 2007 ATP Las Vegas, Las Vegas, United States Hard Israel Andy Ram United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(6–8), 2–6
Runner-up 10. March 18, 2007 Indian Wells Masters, Indian Wells, United States Hard Israel Andy Ram Czech Republic Martin Damm
India Leander Paes
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 11. August 5, 2007 ATP Washington, Washington, United States Hard Israel Andy Ram United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 6–3, [7–10]
Winner 11. August 19, 2007 Cincinnati Masters, Cincinnati, United States Hard Israel Andy Ram United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4–6, 6–3, [13–11]
Winner 12. January 26, 2008 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard Israel Andy Ram France Arnaud Clément
France Michaël Llodra
7–5, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 13. March 21, 2008 Indian Wells Masters, Indian Wells, United States Hard Israel Andy Ram Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 12. August 3, 2008 Cincinnati Masters, Cincinnati, United States Hard Israel Andy Ram United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–7(2–7), [7–10]
Winner 14. June 13, 2010 AEGON Championships, London, United Kingdom Grass Serbia Novak Djokovic Slovakia Karol Beck
Czech Republic David Škoch
6–7(6–8), 6–2, [10–3]
Winner 15. June 20, 2011 AEGON International, Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass Israel Andy Ram Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov
Italy Andreas Seppi
6–3, 6–3
Winner 16. August 27, 2011 Winston-Salem Open, Winston-Salem, United States Hard Israel Andy Ram Germany Christopher Kas
Austria Alexander Peya
7–6(7–2), 6–4
Winner 17. May 6, 2012 Serbia Open, Belgrade, Serbia Clay Israel Andy Ram Germany Martin Emmrich
Sweden Andreas Siljeström
4–6, 6–2, [10–6]
Runner-up 13. June 16, 2013 Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany Grass Italy Daniele Bracciali Mexico Santiago González
United States Scott Lipsky
2–6, 6–7(3–7)

Doubles Performance Timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 SR
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 3R 2R 3R W QF 2R 1R 3R 18 / 10
French Open 1R 3R 2R 3R 3R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 10 / 10
Wimbledon 2R SF 1R 3R 3R 2R QF 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 14 / 12
US Open 1R 1R 1R QF 3R 3R 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 12 / 12
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 1 / 2 0 / 2 4 / 2 3 / 4 7 / 3 6 / 4 7 / 4 12 / 3 0 / 3 5 / 4 2 / 4 3 / 4 4 / 4 64 / 44

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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