Eyal Erlich

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Eyal Erlich
Country (sports) Israel Israel
Residence McLean, Virginia,
United States
Born (1977-01-01) 1 January 1977 (age 39)
near Tel Aviv
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 1995
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $172,773
Career record 5–12
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 144 (15 September 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon 1R (1995)
US Open 1R (1998)

Eyal Erlich (Hebrew: אייל ארליך‎‎; born 1 January 1977) is a former professional tennis player from Israel.


Erlich made his Grand Slam debut at the 1995 Wimbledon Championships, entering the main draw as a lucky loser. He was defeated in the first round by German Arne Thoms, in straight sets. Three years later he qualified for his second Grand Slam, the 1998 US Open, but exited again in the opening round, losing to 20th seed Michael Chang.[1]

On the ATP Tour he was more successful as a doubles player and with partner Noam Behr reached the final of the 1996 Eisenberg Israel Open, as wild cards entrants. His highest ever doubles ranking was 160th in the world, which he attained in 1998.[2]

He also represented the Israel Davis Cup team, appearing in a total of 10 ties during his career. Of the 16 rubbers which he played, he won nine, five in singles and four in doubles. In 1996 he won the fifth and decisive rubber against Norway's Helge Koll Frafjord. His best wins perhaps came in the doubles, with victories over the Àlex Corretja and Emilio Sánchez combination from Spain as well as the Dominik Hrbatý and Karol Kučera pairing from Slovakia.[3]

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1996 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard Israel Noam Behr South Africa Marcos Ondruska
South Africa Grant Stafford
3–6, 2–6

Challenger titles[edit]

Doubles: (3)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1998 Magdeburg, Germany Carpet Italy Mosé Navarra South Africa Marcos Ondruska
United Kingdom Chris Wilkinson
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
2. 1998 Jerusalem, Israel Hard Israel Noam Behr South Africa Neville Godwin
South Africa David Nainkin
3. 2000 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Israel Noam Behr Russia Vadim Kutsenko
Uzbekistan Oleg Ogorodov
6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–3