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During his career Elter did not win any singles titles but finished runner-up on 3 occasions. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of world no. 51 in 1982.
Singles runners-up (3)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||1979||Bombay, India||Clay||Vijay Amritraj||1–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||2.||1981||Cairo, Egypt||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||2–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||3.||1982||Munich, Germany||Clay||Gene Mayer||6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 1–6|