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Maia
09-04-2005, 04:59 PM
They deserve their own thread, right? :)
They just won their match and are now in the quarters of the US Open :worship:

Here's an article from ATPtennis.com about the doubles yesterday, there's a pic of Andy & Yoni
Article (http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2005/usopen_0903_doubles.asp)

Maia
09-05-2005, 02:06 PM
Another article (http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2005/usopen_0904_doubles.asp)

Nimrodg
09-05-2005, 07:29 PM
AndYoni :worship:

Maia :yeah:

Maia
09-06-2005, 07:32 PM
They lost today to Black & Ullyett :sad: but well done on getting to the quarters! :yeah:

cobalt60
09-06-2005, 07:52 PM
Hey thanks for doing this thread! I have been cheering them on elsewhere on a USA thread but this is better! And Andy lost in Mixed doubles too but they did so well!

cobalt60
09-07-2005, 11:49 PM
A very long older article from the Jeruselem Post:
One year ago, the closest Andy Ram got to the action at Wimbledon was what he could see on his TV screen.

Back and knee injuries had kept the 22-year-old tennis player on crutches for three months and off the court all season. As he watched the match with a friend, he asked him, "Do you think I’m going to play tennis again?‘ and joked, ’Do you think you’re going to see me at Wimbledon?"

At the same time, Yoni Erlich, then 25, also thought Wimbledon glory was far from his reach. His disappointing 2002 season extended into early 2003 and nearly convinced him to hang up his racquet.

"I was very close to quitting just before Wimbledon. [I thought] Wimbledon might be the last tournament I’d play,‘ he relates. ’Instead it was the opposite… Everything went great. My career changed 180 degrees. Instead of going down, it went straight up."

As it turned out, the longtime friends stunned the tennis world — and themselves — when they shot out of nowhere to make it to the Wimbledon semifinals this July.

In a tight, well-battled match, the unseeded Israelis bested the No. 2 seeds 7-6 (8), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) before falling to eventual winners Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden and Todd Woodbridge of Australia. Ram went on to compete against, and lose to, tennis legend Martina Navratilova in the mixed doubles final.

The finishes were the best-ever by an Israeli doubles pair and among the very best in Israeli Grand Slam history. It also vaulted the players forward in the international doubles rankings to career highs of 44 for Ram and 53 for Erlich.

Their achievement brought welcome attention to Israel, its tennis program, and, of course, the stars themselves.

"Almost everyone [in Israel] was watching the match. Even people who had never watched in their lives were watching on the TV. I think there was a huge impact in Israel,‘ Erlich says. ’Luckily there was nothing going wrong in Israel at that time, and it was a beautiful story to tell. It’s been a long time since some small athletes achieved such a big result."

He continues, "I think people were hungry for something like that."

As were the players, given their recent struggles.

"Wimbledon came big time for me. I needed it," Ram says emphatically.

"During the tournament I think we played our best tennis ever," he says, eyeing Erlich as they sit side-by-side at a coffee shop not far from Ram’s Tel Aviv apartment.

"It was amazing,‘ Erlich concurs. ’We struggled in the beginning of the first match but since then we rolled through all of the tournament… It was something that we kind of dreamed of all our life, to do something like that, especially at Wimbledon."

They volley back and forth in their conversation, playing off each other as if they were on the court. They share broad, athletic builds and a slight Spanish inflection in their speech — Ram came to Israel from Uruguay at the age of five, while Erlich’s family immigrated from Argentina when he was one. But they have marked differences as well: Ram has dark features while Erlich is fair; Ram explodes with energy while Erlich is more collected.

Yet both remain humble about their accomplishment, quick to note their surprise at having done so well at the Grand Slam tourney.

NOT EVERYONE, though, is shocked by their results. Shiri Zlotikman has been aware of Ram’s talent from an early age. She first met the Jerusalem-raised player during tennis competitions they participated in as teenagers and has followed his career for the seven years they’ve been dating.

His current success, she says, "doesn’t seem strange to me."

Slightly more bizarre has been Ram’s newfound celebrity.

"Everybody in the street comes up to him and says that he did a great job. It’s great. In one week, everything’s different," she says.

Their coach of two years, Anthony Harris, also affirms his long-held belief in the pair’s abilities.

He recalls feeling particularly proud the day that Erlich acknowledged he agreed with Harris’s assessment.

In the midst of their Wimbledon run, the coach received an SMS from Erlich that read: "You were right. We can do it."

"I felt from his message that he had real belief,‘ Harris recounts. ’It created a feeling in me that was really exciting, because I know how important that [confidence] is to success."

Oded Yaacov, who coaches the pair in the Davis Cup competition but otherwise observes them from the sidelines, says that success like theirs can boost the confidence of players throughout the country.

When players start to reach their mid-20s without a breakthrough, they often consider quitting, he says. The Wimbledon showing "brought a lot of belief to all the players that if you keep at it day in and day out, your week will come." The impact of their achievement isn’t limited to the tennis community’s players, according to Israel Tennis Association general manager Yoram Baron.

He says the Wimbledon triumph generated interest in tennis and press coverage that have previously been lacking.

"I’m sure that many people heard about their [performance] and watch tennis now. Hopefully more kids will sign up."

At the same time, both Baron and Yaacov point to Israeli tennis successes beyond Ram and Erlich’s. Amos Mansdorf and Shlomo Glickstein were strong enough players to push Israel into the top division of the Davis Cup competition, a feat that hasn’t been repeated.

Harel Levy (187) and Noam Okun (191) are higher-ranked singles players than Ram or Erlich, while Anna Pistolesi, ranked 20 in this past month, has been Israel’s most successful player [see box].

Yaacov reeled off the achievements of Israel’s court stars as Ram and Erlich prepared to compete in the Israel League 2003 finals on September 9.

The dynamic duo ended up losing the match. But on the court they displayed the same smooth coordination that powered them to win four Wimbledon rounds.

Chatting between serves as well as pauses on the bench, they bump fists and back slap even after points they lose.

"One of the main things with doubles is communication, and when you have communication, you win tournaments," explains Ram.

THAT COMMUNICATION comes naturally to the pair, who have capitalized on a friendship established years ago and which still results in them doing "everything" together.

"They’ve played together and trained together since they were kids, which means they know each other and each other’s game," says Harris of the advantage they enjoy over many other doubles teams. He adds that they also complement each other, with Yoni making great returns and Ram providing strong serves.

"We kind of grew up together," says Erlich, explaining that this shared past has given him a good sense of his partner’s strengths and weaknesses.

He won’t comment on Ram’s shortcomings, but he’s forthright about his friend’s good points.

"He’s very positive on the court and he’s very energetic. I’m a little more cool, maybe a little more solid. He puts me a little more on fire when I need it."

Indeed, while they sit together talking, Erlich possesses a certain reserve where Ram breaks into frequent wide grins.

When Ram describes Erlich as a good person, Erlich’s quick to return the compliment, though the older player jokes, "I won’t tell more because then he gets cocky." Their easy interaction has its roots in the friendship which they solidified as teenagers training together at the Wingate Institute, just outside Netanya, while in their teens. They teamed up for tournaments in 2001, enjoying some limited successes, but disbanded last year due to Ram’s injuries.

They only reunited at Wimbledon by accident. Erlich hadn’t expected to make the trip to England but got knocked out of another tournament earlier than expected; Andy, meanwhile, hadn’t been able to find a partner.

"At the last moment we signed [up] together," Erlich says.

Their winning combination garnered victories at two recent tournaments — one in Binghamton, NY and one in Istanbul — following Wimbledon. And they each won the American tournaments they played with different partners this summer.

They also shared the disappointment of getting knocked out of the US Open during the first round with play that Ram acknowledges was less than exemplary.

Erlich admits that handling past poor performances can be difficult for a two-person team, but says they have learned to work through any difficulties.

"I trust him and he trusts me. There are a lot of matches where I didn’t play well but he played well and we still won, and the opposite. That’s the main story. We always need to deal with each other. When one person’s upset the other one needs to pump him up and visa-versa," he says, noting it’s important to leave any issues they might have on the court.

"It’s like marriage. If you have a bad day at work, you don’t put it on your wife."

The relationship is one they hope to strengthen, particularly through an appearance at next summer’s Olympic Games. Making the cut is a long shot — only the top 32 pairs get to compete — but Ram is confident they’ll be able to build on their Wimbledon triumph and reach Athens.

As he puts it, "With the food comes the appetite."

cobalt60
09-08-2005, 12:13 AM
Lastly: from the Baltimore Jewish Times:

Israel's best ambassadors are personable, passionate and proud of their country. It doesn't hurt if they're world-class tennis players.

Andy Ram, 25, and Jonathan "Yoni" Erlich, 28, close friends since their teen years and doubles partners for the past three years, have been traveling around the world together, entertaining crowds and sharing their love for Israel.

Ram, ranked 24th in the world for mens doubles, and Erlich, ranked 22nd, are the No. 11 seeds in the men's doubles draw of the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Each was entered in the mixed-doubles draw as well.

The past year has been successful but somewhat bittersweet for Ram and Erlich: Representing Israel in the 2004 Olympics in Athens last summer, they advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Germans Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schuettler, who went on to take the silver medal.

In October, Ram and Erlich won the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, in France, and hoped for success in the Australian Open in January. But they lost a heartbreaking third-round match to No. 2 seeds Bob and Mike Bryan, twins from the United States.

In February they won the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Pleased with their fourth career title, Ram and Erlich geared up for May's French Open, but Ram received bad news two days before the tournament -- his 60-year-old father had died of a heart attack.

The duo dropped out of the tournament and returned to Israel, where shiva was observed in Ram's mother's home in Jerusalem.

Ram speaks warmly about his family, who moved from Uruguay to Israel when Andy was 5.

"I still have grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in Uruguay," he said. "I love when they come to Israel to see us."

Ram grew up in Jerusalem and at age 14 was invited to study at the Wingate Institute, Israel's National Center for Physical Education and Sport, near Netanya. Ram stayed at Wingate until age 18, when he entered the Israeli army.

"They treated me and the other athletes like special sportsmen, and we were allowed to play tennis and travel, even during our army service," he said.

Ram enjoys the company of other Israeli players on tour, such as Harel Levy, Noam Okun and Amir Haddad.

"I've never had a problem" on the tour being Jewish or Israeli," Ram said.

Both Ram and Erlich enjoy the reception they receive from Jewish communities around the world. "We always receive a warm welcome -- people are supportive and fly flags of Israel everywhere we go," they said.

The team is a model of good communication: While Ram and Erlich shout on-court commands to each other in Hebrew, they both grew up in bilingual Hebrew-Spanish homes and also are comfortable in English.

Erlich was born in Buenos Aires and moved to Israel when he was 1. He grew up in Haifa and moved to the Wingate Institute at age 15.

In mid-June, Ram and Erlich won the Nottingham Open in England, considered the major warm-up to Wimbledon. They entered Wimbledon seeded 15th, advancing to the third round before losing again to the Bryans.

The pair spent July playing with the St. Louis Aces of the World Team Tennis league. Dani Apted, the team's general manager, praised Erlich as a "fantastic mentor" to a younger team member, adding that he "kept the team level and focused in each of his matches."

Ram "directed his passion and became the drive that motivated the whole team to win," Apted said.

In late July, the Israeli duo finally beat the Bryan twins at the Merecedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles, before losing in the finals. They also lost in the finals of a Masters Series event in Montreal in August.

Maia
09-08-2005, 01:56 PM
Thanks for the articles! :D

cobalt60
09-08-2005, 03:09 PM
Thanks! I had followed them minimally but talked to them briefly in Montreal and Cinci. Funny in opposition to the article, I found Erlich more outgoing and Ram somewhat reticent :) Must be my warped sense of humor I guess :p
Anyway they were very nice and cordial. I started to watch a lot of doubles in Montreal and Cinci especially them and they have found a place in my heart so to speak :dance:

Maia
09-24-2005, 09:37 AM
DC action today (GO ISRAEL!) good luck Andy & Yoni!!

After Dc, their next tournament is Bangkok :)

Maia
09-24-2005, 02:17 PM
They won in straight sets :yeah: Israel 2 Zimbabwe 1

cobalt60
09-25-2005, 05:02 PM
Israel won the tie!!! Yippee! Good luck in Bankok! I really hope they make it to the Masters Series!

cobalt60
09-30-2005, 02:36 PM
Into the semis in Thailand. Keep it going!

Maia
09-30-2005, 03:54 PM
:woohoo: next match against Simon Aspelin & Todd Perry

cobalt60
10-01-2005, 01:21 PM
Whoo Hoo into the finals of the Thailand Open!!!! They beat A/P 6-5 and 6-2!

It will be the #1 and 2 seeds going at it in the finals. They play Hanley/Paes. Good luck guys! Have a great final!!!!

cobalt60
10-02-2005, 12:40 PM
Oh well.... Lost to Hanley/Paes 6-5 1-6 2-6 Ouch those last 2 sets. Wonder what happened? So good holy days to them. :-)

Maia
10-02-2005, 12:43 PM
:sad::sad: Well done on getting to the final :worship:
Next stop Vienna..

cobalt60
10-02-2005, 01:16 PM
:sad::sad: Well done on getting to the final :worship:
Next stop Vienna..
Ah I did not know when they would play again. Thanks. Good luck to them in Vienna!

cobalt60
10-08-2005, 07:42 PM
First round against Nalbe/Gaudio. Vamos! I have this feeling that this will be tough indoors. I hope they prove me wrong!!!

cobalt60
10-10-2005, 02:10 AM
Another article about what they did after USO. Some repetition here:

Israeli doubles tennis players Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram demonstrated why they’re among the top 10 doubles partners in the world when they bested Daniel Nestor and Paul Beck 6-5 in an exhibition match in support of Israel Children’s Centers.

The exhibition game at York Racquets Tennis Club was organized by Beck, York Racquets’ tennis pro; board member David Granovsky (the writer’s husband); and club member Kevin Green, president of the Canada-Israel Children’s Centres.

The Israelis’ big serves and tough returns proved too much for Nestor and Beck. After the entertaining match, Erlich and Ram hit some balls with the children in attendance, clearly enjoying themselves.

Currently ranked 10th in the world, the Israelis came to Toronto from the U.S. Open, where they reached the quarterfinals before succumbing to Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe, 6-4, 6-2. Unfortunately, Erlich had contracted the flu the night before the match and his play was affected.

Ram reached the semi-finals at the Open with mixed doubles partner Dinara Safina of Russia, the younger sister of top 10 singles player Marat Safin. After playing in Toronto, Erlich and Ram returned to Israel for a few weeks before competing at the Davis Cup in Zimbabwe later this month.

“It is a great honour to represent Israel at the Davis Cup,” Ram said. “We want [the Israeli team] to stay in the top group. We are playing great at the moment. Hopefully the whole team will play well. We have good potential.”

Erlich and Ram, both émigrés to Israel from South America, began their tennis careers as youngsters at the Israel Children’s Centers. The centres are “the best thing that happened to us,” said Ram.

Erlich and Ram, who coach themselves, often return to the Israel Children’s Center at Ramat Hasharon to train and play with the kids. Growing up, Ram idolized Israeli tennis great Amos Mansdorf.

“We want to be top players and play our best. We hope that young kids will want to play like us one day,” said Erlich.

Erlich, 28, and Ram, 25, became good friends as teenagers playing tennis at the Wingate Institute near Tel Aviv.

In 2001, they decided to play together and found they connected well on the court. After winning several tournaments as a team, Ram was sidelined by injuries in 2002 and unable to play for the entire year. Back and knee surgery left him on crutches for three months struggling to walk, followed by a year-long recovery process.

Erlich and Ram reunited in June 2003 and burst onto the international tennis scene a month later at Wimbledon. On a whim, the pair decided to play the qualifying rounds and found themselves in the semifinals against defending doubles champions Jonas Bjorkman and Todd Woodbridge.

Though Erlich and Ram have yet to win a Grand Slam event, they have won major tournaments in Lyon and Rotterdam and they reached the finals at the Rogers Cup in Montreal and the Mercedes Benz Cup in Los Angeles earlier this summer.

Erlich and Ram are very aware of their role as representatives of Israel on the international stage.

“We are proud to be Israeli, [to be] Jewish. As Israelis we try to be the best ambassador that we can for the country. [We] try not to get political but focus on the bigger picture and talk about the people and the country,” Erlich said.

“We have never had difficulty because we are Israeli or Jewish. Everyone respects us on tour,” added Ram.

Erlich and Ram complement each other well both on and off the court. Erlich is more serious and reflective, while Ram is fun-loving and gregarious. Erlich’s sharp sense of humour brings out Ram’s infectious smile.

When asked why they play well together, Erlich explained that they have “great chemistry, [that is] very important for a doubles team to make it. It’s not easy to be together 24 hours a day, like in a marriage.”

“We were good friends before, outside of the court,” Ram added. “We can do everything well. When we’re on, we can beat every team in the world today. We are working on keeping our game consistent.”

Their biggest weapon in a match? “Andy’s smile,” Erlich joked.

Maia
10-10-2005, 12:18 PM
Aww, cute article...thanks :D
Good luck in Vienna boys :yeah: (too bad they play David & Gaston...:sad: )

cobalt60
10-11-2005, 02:34 PM
They beat Gaudio/Nalbe 5-2 and 5-3 !!!

Thanks Maia for posting here too!

Nimrodg
10-11-2005, 02:36 PM
They beat Gaudio/Nalbe 5-2 and 5-3 !!!

Thanks Maia for posting here too!

:woohoo:

cobalt60 :hug: :yeah:

cobalt60
10-11-2005, 02:58 PM
:woohoo:

cobalt60 :hug: :yeah:
You too! I really hope they make it to Shanghai! They are so much fun to watch and were so nice to this mom of 2 signing those tennis balls ;)

Maia
10-11-2005, 03:16 PM
:woohoo: Well done boys!

cobalt60
10-14-2005, 12:44 AM
Hope everyone had nice holy days- now it is back to work for the guys ;)
I wish them well for tomorrow's match.

Deboogle!.
10-14-2005, 03:36 AM
I just found this thread, very cool :D All the best to them! :)

cobalt60
10-14-2005, 02:28 PM
Well since they will be playing Grosjean/Stepanek and the latter just won his match against Lopez 7-6 7-6 I am hoping that S will be tired and more into getting a singles win!!!! Go Andyoni!

Maia
10-14-2005, 04:12 PM
Andyoni won 5-2 5-1 :woohoo:

cobalt60
10-14-2005, 08:18 PM
:bigclap: :bounce: Yeah!!! SF time means to destroy Etlis/Rodriguez!!!!

Deboogle!.
10-15-2005, 12:11 AM
Woot!!

There's actually a little feature on the ATP Site about their MC hopes still being alive. I hope so b/c then I'll get to see it on TV :)

I feel badly that I don't know the word for like "Come on" or "vamos" or "Allez" in Hebrew :(

cobalt60
10-15-2005, 12:45 AM
It is " YA'ALAH" ( Sue's thanking her live in Hebrew teacher :hearts: )

Deboogle!.
10-15-2005, 01:14 AM
Woot, todah :D

btw, I have some pics of the guys from LA this past July :)

http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/P1020743.JPG
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/P1020730.JPG
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/P1020735.JPG
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/P1020576.JPG
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/P1020578.JPG

Enjoy :)

cobalt60
10-15-2005, 01:36 AM
Todah Rabah! :worship: I took pics of them in Montreal but it was with the bad digital so did not come out. And then by Cinci even though I had a great camera I felt stupid taking pics of players at practices. When I watch the match I am too involved to take pictures..... silly.

cobalt60
10-15-2005, 01:40 AM
I watched the final on TTC- little did I know that I would end up meeting Rick Leach. Who made sure I liked Lindsay since she is his sister in law. But that's another whole story. He told me that this was going to be his last year playing especially with the rule changes. But he had retired once before and I am thinking he is in his late 30's,early 40's. Anyway I still wish that E/R had won. I know that they beat the Twins there but you had said that it was a great match.

Deboogle!.
10-15-2005, 04:44 AM
Glad you liked the pics ;) I have no shame, I just snap away with my camera. If they think I'm weird, well, I'll never see them again :p

Their match against the Twins was SICK. They could do no wrong and nothing the twins did worked. I think the next day was just a letdown of sorts.

I think Ricky Leach is at least 40. Amazing they're still around and playing good doubles and winning the occasional title. Both he and MacPhie are real nice guys from what I've ever seen. :)

Maia
10-15-2005, 09:48 AM
Thanks for the pics deb :kiss: the one where they all look at the coin is quite funny..

SF today...Good luck :yeah:

Deboogle!.
10-15-2005, 06:54 PM
Glad you liked them :)

Andyoni beat Etlis/Rodriguez in 3 :yeah:

Maia
10-15-2005, 06:57 PM
:woohoo: Final against Knowels/Nestor

Maia
10-15-2005, 06:59 PM
The draw for Madrid is out, Andyoni play Arthurs & Hanley

cobalt60
10-15-2005, 06:59 PM
Woo Hoo! I just got home and checked to see them seving for the match!!! Good job- the final score 3-5 5-2 5-3. Good for them. They should be so proud of themselves. Best of luck in the final tomorrow. This one will be tough!

cobalt60
10-15-2005, 07:20 PM
The draw for Madrid is out, Andyoni play Arthurs & Hanley
Yuck! :eek:

MightyJurgenfan
10-15-2005, 10:46 PM
Woot!!

There's actually a little feature on the ATP Site about their MC hopes still being alive. I hope so b/c then I'll get to see it on TV :)

I feel badly that I don't know the word for like "Come on" or "vamos" or "Allez" in Hebrew :(

They are in the finals at the BA-CA. I know that makes you very happy. I was afraid they were going to lose, but they won in the end. Yeah!

Now they need to win the finals tomorrow. I will be cheering for them.

Deboogle!.
10-15-2005, 11:59 PM
Tomorrow's final and the first match in Madrid will be huge for their TMC hopes.... they're in 9th place right now and right behind Arthurs/Hanley so yea, the Madrid match could be huge.

cobalt60
10-16-2005, 12:41 AM
Tomorrow's final and the first match in Madrid will be huge for their TMC hopes.... they're in 9th place right now and right behind Arthurs/Hanley so yea, the Madrid match could be huge.
LOL Deb- love the avatar!!!

And Jurgenfan ;) thanks for posting here. Wish TCC was showing this match but alas only the Kremlin Cup women!

Jelena
10-16-2005, 04:28 PM
They lost the final in Vienna 3-5, 4-5. :( In the first set they lost their service at 3-4 to lose the set, in second they saved 2 matchpoints again at 3-4 to reach the tie-break, but lost that with 2-7.

cobalt60
10-16-2005, 05:03 PM
Thanks for posting the score Jelena. Lately they seem to be the best men instead of the grooms! ;) Unfortunately their first round match up in Madrid is a killer but if they win it, it should give them a lot of confidence. :D

cobalt60
10-18-2005, 09:00 PM
They play late tomorrow. Good luck guys! Ya'allah!!!

cobalt60
10-19-2005, 11:11 PM
Lost to Arthurs/Hanley 6-3 6-7 6-4

Too bad- onto the next tournie!!!

Deboogle!.
10-20-2005, 12:02 AM
Damn :(

qualifying for Shanghai is gonna be tough

MightyJurgenfan
10-20-2005, 03:50 AM
Lost to Arthurs/Hanley 6-3 6-7 6-4

Too bad- onto the next tournie!!!

I hope they do not have to play Jurgen and Julian who are also entered in St. Petersburg. I think I saw your favs listed to play there. Not sure. Have to get a better rememberer. :D

MightyJurgenfan
10-20-2005, 03:54 AM
I hope they do not have to play Jurgen and Julian who are also entered in St. Petersburg. I think I saw your favs listed to play there. Not sure. Have to get a better rememberer. :D

Just checked and they will be in Paris. Best of luck to them there. Hopefullly they will get a good draw.

There are so many good doubles teams. It is hard to run into a pair that you can beat easily.

Maia
10-20-2005, 09:28 AM
:sad: :sad:
No words....

cobalt60
10-20-2005, 05:13 PM
:sad: :sad:
No words....
:awww: :hug: Don't worry. Hopefully they aren't worried. The scores showed that it was a close match. Too bad though that a slam winner gets to go automatically to Shanghai. I can see the justice in that( sort of )but obviously I still think the whole year should be taken into account ; not just one good run. So what will really suck is if they end up in 8th place :(

cobalt60
10-23-2005, 06:46 PM
Onto Lyon now- they play tomorrow and appear to have a good draw. So hope they have a good run and that I did not just jinx them.

Deboogle!.
10-24-2005, 03:41 PM
They won, 6-3 6-4 :)

cobalt60
10-24-2005, 05:21 PM
They won, 6-3 6-4 :)
Thanks Deb I haven't had a chance to look yet today. And it always seems easier to check MTF first ;)

cobalt60
10-24-2005, 05:26 PM
Just checked the Lyon web site- Yoni is listed as being from France! Too funny. Well I know he speaks English,Spanish and Hebrew but maybe French too LOL

Maia
10-25-2005, 10:30 AM
:yeah: I really hope they win this title

Maia
10-26-2005, 09:05 AM
Andyoni play Blake & Hernych today. GL :yeah:

Maia
10-26-2005, 03:15 PM
They won 7-5 4-6 6-3 :woohoo:

ae wowww
10-28-2005, 07:13 AM
Good luck today guys, may the best team win! :)

ae wowww
10-28-2005, 12:31 PM
Good luck today guys, may the best team win! :)

Looks like they did... ;)

cobalt60
10-28-2005, 01:53 PM
Looks like they did... ;)
:p Ok rub it in you. :wavey: btw. Andyoni lost in 3 sets. Their chances for the Masters I think are nil at this point. I am getting this feeling that they will indeed be the 8th team but 9th for the Masters. Hey AE- does an extra doubles team go as well; like in singles? The alternates as it be?

ae wowww
10-28-2005, 03:19 PM
:p Ok rub it in you. :wavey: btw. Andyoni lost in 3 sets. Their chances for the Masters I think are nil at this point. I am getting this feeling that they will indeed be the 8th team but 9th for the Masters. Hey AE- does an extra doubles team go as well; like in singles? The alternates as it be?

I believe that yes, there is a reserve for doubles Masters Cup, too.. Maybe Coetzee/Wassen ;)

cobalt60
10-29-2005, 08:23 PM
The pressure is now on in gay paree. Good thoughts to the two dudes to get into the Masters! And it is amazing but the ATP website these last few weeks has actually been PRing the doubles and writing articles. Will wonders ever cease.

ae wowww
10-29-2005, 10:32 PM
Haha isn't it just! I am impressed somewhat, they could still do more ;) Good luck this week boys, hope to see you get into Shanghai!!

cobalt60
10-30-2005, 01:10 PM
Agree. They could and should do a lot more. Interesting to see how the doubles will be treated in Shanghai as well. I can't wait as the tennis channel is showing the matches!!!

cobalt60
10-30-2005, 11:45 PM
Ok now for Paris where almost every doubles match is a good and tough. AndYoni will be playing Paes/Zimonjic. They have beaten them before in Montreal ( I saw that match!!!) so good luck!

cobalt60
11-01-2005, 08:36 PM
Well they should be damn proud of themselves as they won 7-6, 2-6, 6-2.
Excellent!!! Ya'allah!!

Deboogle!.
11-01-2005, 10:31 PM
They play the Bryans tomorrow :(

Maia
11-02-2005, 07:54 AM
Good luck against the Bryans today....they really need to win, but it's gonna be tough...

cobalt60
11-02-2005, 10:50 AM
Yes I like both teams but more at stake for E/R. Well here is to a good fight on the court whatever happens!

MightyJurgenfan
11-02-2005, 02:42 PM
Yes I like both teams but more at stake for E/R. Well here is to a good fight on the court whatever happens!

Hope E/R win today. They can beat the Bryans.

keev26
11-02-2005, 03:13 PM
They lost 6-4 6-1. The Masters Cup dream is dead.

Maia
11-02-2005, 03:41 PM
:sad: :bigcry:

cobalt60
11-02-2005, 04:37 PM
They lost 6-4 6-1. The Masters Cup dream is dead.
Oh dear. Too bad. To next year!!! :D

cobalt60
11-05-2005, 01:13 PM
Cant seem to find much news on the net so hope they have a nice off season- enjoy with friends and family and come back stronger next year!

Maia
11-05-2005, 04:08 PM
A little Andyoni sightinig:
Yesterday I went to the airport, because my mom came back from Australia, and as I was waiting for her to come out, I saw Andy & Yoni coming out :eek: there was a tv crew there who interviewed them (probably the sports channel). It was so surprising and so funny :D

Maia
11-05-2005, 04:09 PM
Cant seem to find much news on the net so hope they have a nice off season- enjoy with friends and family and come back stronger next year!

They're gonna go to Shanghai as alternates so their off season will start after the masters

cobalt60
11-05-2005, 06:43 PM
A little Andyoni sightinig:
Yesterday I went to the airport, because my mom came back from Australia, and as I was waiting for her to come out, I saw Andy & Yoni coming out :eek: there was a tv crew there who interviewed them (probably the sports channel). It was so surprising and so funny :D
Thanks Maia- hope you had a nice view ;)
And Yes at alternates! I wasn't sure if they had sneaked in or not. So they will have a good time; make a little money even if they are not playing. I was so hoping since the tennis channel here in the states is showing ALL of the doubles matches. Somehow it figures. :(

ae wowww
11-05-2005, 09:59 PM
Thanks Maia for the story :D Good luck boys, hope you get in as alternates. :rolleyes: at selected doubles matches televised. No need for that, at all!

cobalt60
11-09-2005, 01:17 AM
Just found this older article about the recent Davis Cup Tie and I send a Mazel Tov to Andy for getting engaged!

Sport: Davis Cup team leaves for Zimbabwe tie
Posted on Monday, September 19 @ 03:47:58 CDT


The national Davis Cup team left Sunday night for the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, where it will face the host nation over the weekend in a crucial Europe/Africa Zone I relegation tie.

But there was little tension earlier in the day whey the team conducted its final practice at the Israel Tennis Center courts in Jerusalem, where it trained to help prepare for the high altitude in Harare.
Although it may seem that the short trip from Tel Aviv wouldn't affect the form of world-class tennis players, the thin air changed things for nearly all the players. "We couldn't practice on our first day here," doubles star Yoni Erlich told The Jerusalem Post during a break between drills. "The balls fly faster and are more difficult to control... And you run out of air quicker."

Erlich, who together with Andy Ram makes up one of the best doubles teams in the world, could only think of a few places on the ATP Tour that have similar altitudes and stressed that the home advantage for Zimbabwe will be a large one.

Harare is nearly 1500 meters above sea level. Jerusalem is about half of that.

Erlich explained that the travel dates had been carefully chosen, because research shows that the body needs four days to adjust to high altitudes. The tie begins on Friday.

Ram was not at all bothered by the altitude change, in part because he grew up in Jerusalem after his family immigrated from Uruguay. But Ram added another reason, while taking a poke at his teammates, "it's because I'm in the best shape of all the players."

Ram pointed out that Dudi Sela, the youngest member and newest addition to the team, is also in good shape and adjusting well. Sela, who is the highest ranked Israeli at 163 in the world, will likely play singles in his debut. Okun (172) is also expected to play singles, although team captain Eyal Ran will only announce the lineup after the players practice in Harare.

Zimbabwe will be represented by Wayne Black, who no longer plays competitive singles, but was a top 70 player in his prime, Genius Chidzikwe (875) and Gwinyai Tongoona (1494). Zimbabwe tennis heads tried to convince Wayne's older brother and former star Byron Black to come out of retirement for the tie, but the elder Black refused.

Wayne Black and his countryman Kevin Ullyett have caused Ram and Erlich fits on the doubles scene, defeating them last month in the US Open quarterfinals and before that in the Montreal Masters final, but Ullyett will skip this tie, reportedly due to family commitments.

During Sunday's training session, Ram announced that he had proposed to his girlfriend of more than nine years, Shiri Zlotikman, and that the former tennis player had accepted, which further lightened an already loose practice. Although the players all knew already, it allowed them to begin teasing the groom-to-be publicly.

Ram and Erlich, who have plenty on their plates with the Zimbabwe tie coming up and the race to finish the season among the top eight pairs to qualify for the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, have joined the doubles players lawsuit against the ATP.

Erlich said that the top 100 doubles players, with the exception of those who are also ranked in the top 100 in singles, have come together to sue the ATP to stop the "doubles reform" that it is trying to bring into the game.

Maia
11-09-2005, 08:25 AM
Andy said in the papers before Athens that if he & Yoni win a medal in Athens he will propose to Shiri, but they didn't, so I guess he waited another year...
Congrats to them, tough, they've been together for so long, it's about time they get married ;)

cobalt60
11-09-2005, 12:54 PM
Andy said in the papers before Athens that if he & Yoni win a medal in Athens he will propose to Shiri, but they didn't, so I guess he waited another year...
Congrats to them, tough, they've been together for so long, it's about time they get married ;)
I find it refreshing that he seems to be able to have a nice stable long term relationship- doesn't appear to happen to often considering the traveling that occurs. ;)

cobalt60
12-21-2005, 06:00 PM
Anyone out there know what the schedule for the guys might be? Should we assume the same as last year? Or anyplace one can check for schedules?

Maia
12-25-2005, 11:44 AM
Israeli news website YNET wrote that Andyoni will start their season playing Adelaide, Sydney, Aus Open and then of course Davis Cup (Israel vs. Serbia)

Maia
12-25-2005, 11:47 AM
Also, they've been working with Canadian coach Louis Cayer during the off-season. He came to Israel to work with them and with Shahar Peer.

cobalt60
12-26-2005, 08:12 PM
Thank you Maia for the information :)

Nimrodg
12-31-2005, 10:30 AM
Andy&Yoni starting the year in adelaide against blake/huss

Good luck :)

cobalt60
12-31-2005, 11:34 AM
Andy&Yoni starting the year in adelaide against blake/huss

Good luck :)
Thanks for that and good luck to them.

Nimrodg
01-02-2006, 09:31 AM
Erlich/Ram d Blake/Huss 6-3 7-5

Nice score, great start :)

Maia
01-02-2006, 10:01 AM
Good job guys! :yeah:

Here's (http://www.atptennis.com/en/doubles/teamprofiles/erlich_ram.asp) Andyoni's profile on atptennis.com on the new doubles section

Maia
01-02-2006, 11:22 AM
Andy & Yoni took part in a live chat for Israeli website Walla!
Here's an edited version of that chat (in Hebrew, of course):
http://sports.walla.co.il/?w=//835059

cobalt60
01-02-2006, 12:49 PM
Thanks for the link to the video Maia! My oldest who had seen the duo play in Montreal with me was interested in watching. And even though he is learning Hebrew( Bar Mitzvah next year) he had a hard time understanding BUT dad should be able to translate:) Todah Robah!
And yes a good start to the year for them. Maybe their resolution for the new year is to get to play in Shanghai;)

Maia
01-02-2006, 05:02 PM
You're welcome :) if you need help translating let me know...

Nimrodg
01-02-2006, 05:04 PM
Andy&Yoni in the main page of the ATP ! :D

http://www.atptennis.com/en/

cobalt60
01-02-2006, 08:04 PM
Whoa- does this mean the ATP is pr'ing doubles! I better sit down.;)

Thanks Maia- we made out a lot of the tennis stuff and Yoni saying that he wanted to work with kids both Jewish and Arabic. We did not get the joke between the two and Hubs thought it might have to do with Andy getting married? He thought he heard the word bride in there somewhere? Thanks again.

Nimrodg
01-02-2006, 08:30 PM
Whoa- does this mean the ATP is pr'ing doubles! I better sit down.;)

Thanks Maia- we made out a lot of the tennis stuff and Yoni saying that he wanted to work with kids both Jewish and Arabic. We did not get the joke between the two and Hubs thought it might have to do with Andy getting married? He thought he heard the word bride in there somewhere? Thanks again.
you mean when he asked them when they started to play tennis, and Yoni said since he was 3.5 years old, and it was a light(Kala - also bride in hebrew) psychologically problem?

Maia
01-02-2006, 08:31 PM
Actually they didn't mention anything about working with Arab and Israeli kids :unsure: I don't knoe exactly to which part you refer but you probably missunderstood a few words :confused: maybe it was the part they talked about mixed doubles and Yoni said he might be playing with Shahar Peer, so the guy asked Andy who he's going to play with and Yoni joked that he would probably play with another underaged Russian.

Maia
01-02-2006, 08:36 PM
you mean when he asked them when they started to play tennis, and Yoni said since he was 3.5 years old, and it was a light(Kala - also bride in hebrew) psychologically problem?

Yeah, it could be that part... you're right Nimrod, I didn't notice that...

cobalt60
01-02-2006, 08:39 PM
Actually they didn't mention anything about working with Arab and Israeli kids :unsure: I don't knoe exactly to which part you refer but you probably missunderstood a few words :confused: maybe it was the part they talked about mixed doubles and Yoni said he might be playing with Shahar Peer, so the guy asked Andy who he's going to play with and Yoni joked that he would probably play with another underaged Russian.
OMG I am sending hubs back to school :lol: And would you believe he teaches hebrew? :lol: Anyway I think Nimrod rescued me about the part of "the bride" as that makes more sense in the context. And I guess the joke was the "underage russian" which when you think about it is very very funny. Yoni ever the man of understatement from what I can gather. ;)
Thank you both :worship:

cobalt60
01-04-2006, 07:42 PM
They play Healey/Guccione an Aussie team last up! Good luck to them.

ae wowww
01-04-2006, 08:40 PM
Loved the getty images of Andy and Yoni cycling :lol:! Good work this year boys!

Maia
01-04-2006, 09:39 PM
Good luck boys!! :yeah:

Maia
01-04-2006, 09:40 PM
Loved the getty images of Andy and Yoni cycling :lol:! Good work this year boys!

Yeah, I saw those photos, they seemed to enjoy that photoshoot :)

cobalt60
01-04-2006, 11:36 PM
Ha great photos. Thanks for the tip Andrew! They look like twins with the clothing;)

Nimrodg
01-05-2006, 12:43 PM
(2)Erlich/Ram d (WC)Guccione/Healey 67(5) 61 10-4 (Match TB)

:woohoo: :woohoo: :yeah:

cobalt60
01-05-2006, 01:12 PM
(2)Erlich/Ram d (WC)Guccione/Healey 67(5) 61 10-4 (Match TB)

:woohoo: :woohoo: :yeah:
Excellent!

MightyJurgenfan
01-05-2006, 02:48 PM
Excellent!
Wonderful. Bet you are happy. :D

Deboogle!.
01-05-2006, 02:59 PM
Keep it up, guys! :yeah:

cobalt60
01-05-2006, 03:19 PM
Wonderful. Bet you are happy. :D
:lol: You are a treat!

cobalt60
01-05-2006, 06:34 PM
Last up tomorrow they play the Scud and the X-Man. :)

Maia
01-06-2006, 11:05 AM
They won 6-2 6-2 and are in the final! :woohoo:

cobalt60
01-06-2006, 11:27 AM
:woohoo: Their opponents are Hanley/Ullyet the #1 seeds. Good luck!

Deboogle!.
01-08-2006, 04:14 AM
They won!! :woohoo:

7-6(4) 7-6(10!)!!

Nimrodg
01-08-2006, 04:58 AM
Great start for the season :)
congrats

Maia
01-08-2006, 12:35 PM
:woohoo: Congrats Andy & Yoni!!! :worship:
And good luck next week in Sydney!

Jelena
01-08-2006, 01:21 PM
Congratulations!

cobalt60
01-08-2006, 01:33 PM
Good for them! :woohoo: Nice start to the new season. Come on ATP promote the doubles!!!!!

Deboogle!.
01-08-2006, 07:45 PM
There are lots of pics of Andyoni during the week in ADelaide, including a nice one of them in front of a city view with their trophies, over at Getty. Just go there and type "Erlich Ram" in the search box and they come up :)

cobalt60
01-08-2006, 09:52 PM
There are lots of pics of Andyoni during the week in ADelaide, including a nice one of them in front of a city view with their trophies, over at Getty. Just go there and type "Erlich Ram" in the search box and they come up :)
Thanks Deb! I had always just put in Andy Ram so never got to see all of Yoni's. I have to say that seeing all tennis players in person- they look better in person than in photos :lol: :p

napki
01-09-2006, 12:10 AM
For those who didn't see them in person, they look much better on video than on photos. ;) thanks for the link Maia! :yeah:

I have a question though. How come ATP site shows them on 14th position in doubles when Andy says that they're at #8? :confused:

Maia
01-09-2006, 09:48 AM
From ATPtennis.com:

Meanwhile in Adelaide, Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich claimed their seventh career ATP doubles title with a hard fought straight set win over Paul Hanley and his new partner Kevin Ullyett.

The match, which lasted 1 hour and 58 minutes, saw both sets going to tie-breaks with Hanley and Ullyett saving two match points in the final set tie-break before the Israeli team claimed victory.

Ram said: "It was very hot but we knew the third set was going to be a match tie-break so it wasn't going to make such a difference. We knew it would be a very close match but we were very concentrated and we knew what we wanted to do. Our game plan was to hold our serve first of all and we did that without any breaks and then we just tried to go for it on the return.

"I think it was a big advantage for us that we were playing our third year together, actually starting our fourth, and they were playing their first tournament together. It's a big advantage and they have to adjust to each other. Our chemistry on the court, not only in the final but all the way through the week was perfect. We are improving from last year and we are going the right way."

Erlich said: "I think we were more relaxed than they were and I think from the beginning we were attacking and playing more aggressive than them. Eventually it was just a matter of two or three points."

cobalt60
01-09-2006, 12:26 PM
For those who didn't see them in person, they look much better on video than on photos. ;) thanks for the link Maia! :yeah:

I have a question though. How come ATP site shows them on 14th position in doubles when Andy says that they're at #8? :confused:
I have never really understood how the doubles points are figured out so I will try and find an answer for you or I will post something on GM. Welcome here by the way. And yes they are nice looking young men. :D

cobalt60
01-09-2006, 12:44 PM
Well it isn't explained on the ATP site but from what I can gather the standing is based on points accumulated and because they separate the players in the listing you looked at, then they'd fall at #14. If you look at the other ranking- at the start of the year, they garnered 35 points for winning Adelaide and are #2 in the standings sharing with 2 other teams. Bjorkman and Myrni received 50 points though for their win and at ranked #1.

napki
01-09-2006, 08:15 PM
Yeah, i saw that. :) Great start of the season for them!

I have an idea about the 8th position. If you take the players ranked above them and pair all of them, Andy and Yony wil be at 7th place, right? Last week they were one spot down so they would have been #8. :scratch: Maybe.

RonE
01-09-2006, 09:47 PM
First time I see this thread- thanks Nimrod for directing me to it.

Great job in Adelaide :bounce: :yeah:

Let's hope they do some damage at the AO :D

cobalt60
01-10-2006, 12:04 AM
Hey Ron welcome here :hug:

Maia
01-11-2006, 07:27 AM
They lost todat 7-6 7-6 :sad: :sad:

next up: Aussie Open !

cobalt60
01-11-2006, 11:11 AM
So close though. Good luck in AO!

Nimrodg
01-11-2006, 01:39 PM
Very weird, Andy&Yoni got some amazing record in TB's ...don't know what happenned :\

cobalt60
01-11-2006, 01:54 PM
Very weird, Andy&Yoni got some amazing record in TB's ...don't know what happenned :\
I know but speculation won't get us anywhere :lol: Maybe someone has time to find an interview or something?

Maia
01-17-2006, 07:36 AM
Juan Monaco (ARG)/ Albert Montanes (ESP) vs. Jonathan Erlich (ISR)[6]/Andy Ram (ISR)[6]
3rd match on court 14 tomorrow

cobalt60
01-17-2006, 11:21 AM
Good luck!!!! Nice first round match for them.:)

Maia
01-18-2006, 10:20 AM
They won 6-3 6-2 :woohoo:
in the next round they face the winner of the match between Paul Baccanello/Robert Smeets and Robby Ginepri/Bobby Reynolds

cobalt60
01-18-2006, 10:41 AM
:)

napki
01-18-2006, 05:55 PM
That's nice :)

Do you expect them to get to the QF, giving that they're 6th seed?
I didn't follow their matches, so i don't know really what to expect form them. :shrug:

Good luck in the next round!

cobalt60
01-18-2006, 08:33 PM
That's nice :)

Do you expect them to get to the QF, giving that they're 6th seed?
I didn't follow their matches, so i don't know really what to expect form them. :shrug:

Good luck in the next round!
I never have any expectations for any matches these days. :D They are good doubles players but have their days when they can't quite get it together. But there is hope; always. ;)
I remember you from the other thread when I posted my story about them. Welcome :wavey:

napki
01-19-2006, 02:53 AM
You're right, you can't really be sure one will definitely win those days, can you? Except for Federer in the first rounds of a slam, maybe. ;)
I remember you from the other thread when I posted my story about them. Welcome :wavey: That was one of my first posts, or at least among the first ten!
I was looking for Israeli players and that thread was the only one that i found about them. :shrug: I needed a link in someone's sig to find this thread. :wavey:

Jelena
01-21-2006, 05:40 AM
They lost in the heat of Melbourne 6-4, 1-6, 6-7(5).

Maia
01-21-2006, 01:50 PM
:sad: :sad:

Kristen
01-31-2006, 06:56 AM
This is the right thread... I think!? Mixed doubles, Melbourne 2006 :)

Nimrodg
01-31-2006, 10:33 AM
This is the right thread... I think!? Mixed doubles, Melbourne 2006 :)

:wavey: Thanks for the pics Kristen :hug:

The pics are lovely :D

cobalt60
01-31-2006, 11:40 AM
Thanks Kristen!

Maia
01-31-2006, 01:35 PM
Thank you Kristen! :hug:

cobalt60
02-02-2006, 04:08 PM
From the Jerusalem Post:

Serbia-Montenegro Davis Cup captain Dejan Petrovic named his squad for next week's Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie against Israel, leaving out his top-ranked singles player, Boris Pashanski, who is ranked 65th in the world.

Nevertheless, the Serbia-Montenegro squad consists of two singles players ranked above Israel's best and a doubles specialist, making it the favorite for the best-of-five tie, at least on paper. The Serbian squad, which is scheduled to arrive on Sunday, is made up of Novak Djokovic (81), Janko Tipsarevic (128), Ilia Bozoljac (215) and Nenad Zimonjic (11 in doubles). The Serbian delegation will be made up of some 20 people, including its tennis association president.

The Israeli team, consisting of Dudi Sela (170), Noam Okun (197) and doubles partners Andy Ram (16) and Yoni Erlich (16) will begin full practices with captain Eyal Ran and coach Ronen Morali at the site of the event, the tennis center in Ramat Hasharon, on Thursday.

Ram and Erlich have been fine-tuning their skills with Ran for most of the week, while Sela and Okun tried their luck at the Zagreb Indoors tournament in Croatia. Okun qualified for the first round, where he lost to Italian Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-4, while Sela fell in the third and final round of qualifying.

"We are highly motivated and the training is going well," Ram said of his and Erlich's preparations. "We don't get a chance do play at home that often and it's always special to play in front of Israeli crowds. We are one of the best pairs in the world and we are in good form right now. We hope to display our best tennis here and not just abroad."

The tie begins with two singles matches next Friday.

Maia
02-09-2006, 10:50 AM
ISRAEL v SERBIA-MONTENEGRO
Venue: Ramat Hasharon, Israel (hard – outdoors)

Dudi Sela (ISR) v Janko Tipsarevic (SCG)
Noam Okun (ISR) v Novak Djokovic (SCG)
Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) v Ilija Bozoljac/Viktor Troicki (SCG)
Dudi Sela (ISR) v Novak Djokovic (SCG)
Noam Okum (ISR) v Janko Tipsarevic (SCG)

cobalt60
02-09-2006, 11:15 AM
Go Israel :cool:

napki
02-09-2006, 07:41 PM
Right, the matches start tomorrow!
Good luck to all Israeli players! http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y218/springa/board/smilies/flagIsrael.gif
(sorry for stealing your smilie Nimrodg, i promise not to do it too often :tape: )

karenrac
02-10-2006, 11:32 PM
I'm going to see andyoni tomorrow :D

cobalt60
02-11-2006, 12:16 AM
Good for you! Have a great time and I hope they win. Blow them a kiss for good luck ;) jk Today was a shame really.

Maia
02-11-2006, 12:08 PM
Andyoni def. Tipsarevic/Bozoljac 6-3 6-2 6-4
Israel 1 - Serbia 2

cobalt60
02-11-2006, 02:10 PM
Just checked the scores! How about a miracle for tomorrow? ;)

cobalt60
02-12-2006, 01:56 AM
Well the doubles draw is out for Marseille and although they are seeded #2 they are playing the Croatian team of Mario/Ivan- good grief ;)

cobalt60
02-14-2006, 02:06 AM
They play Tuesday and good luck! Ya' allah

napki
02-14-2006, 02:22 AM
Marseille has a live feed! http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=69259
I hope they will show this match tomorrow. :)
Good luck guys!

cobalt60
02-14-2006, 03:29 PM
From Mandoura:
They won over a very good team 7-6 7-6. Excellent!!!!

physics
02-15-2006, 03:22 AM
Yes they whipped Ljubicic and Ancic. Ljubicic seems to be too confident and arrogant nowdays, so I am happy Yoni and Andy taught him a lesson.

cobalt60
02-15-2006, 10:53 AM
Yes they whipped Ljubicic and Ancic. Ljubicic seems to be too confident and arrogant nowdays, so I am happy Yoni and Andy taught him a lesson.
I'll just take the win ;) :lol: The Croatians are a really good doubles team so the match looked close when one read the stats! Gotta see who they are playing in the next round.

physics
02-15-2006, 03:20 PM
Seriously, Ljubicic is too cocky, and I don't like that. I respect him as a player, but he gets carried away sometimes. Anyways, go Andy and Yoni!

napki
02-15-2006, 06:21 PM
Ljubo isn't one of my faves either. Iack! Somehow he always succeeds to "unintentionally" drop a few sentences that instantly destroy his image of otherwise intelligent and nice guy. okey-dokey. :rolleyes:

Hi Sue! :wavey: How are you?
I think i'll take a short MTF-off season cos i tend to end up here when i have plenty of other, more important things to do (like preparing for an interview :o). I tried to limit myself to an hour a day before but i couldn't force myself to close the browser when the time was up. :lol:
Or maybe i'll just come quickly to check the scores. :)

Oh btw, how do you know when Andy and Yony are playing next? I checked the site but couldn't find a schedule for doubles.

cobalt60
02-15-2006, 07:06 PM
Hey to you too :wavey: Good luck trying to get off MTF- it is so addictive isn't it? I have tried believe you me but fortunately I am still able to get everything I need to do done. :o But it has become my play toy so to speak; I'd be better off finding hubs but he does most of his writing at night. :tape: :lol:
I will have to see if the order of play for Thursday is available yet and I will post the info here. Good luck with limiting your time here but do keep in touch.

cobalt60
02-15-2006, 07:08 PM
as follows:

Court 1
Matches start at 2:00 PM

Christopher Kas(GER)/Philipp Petzshner(GER) vs. Jonathan Erlich(ISR)/Andy Ram(ISR)

napki
02-15-2006, 07:24 PM
Thanks for the info! I think tomorrow i'll allow myself one more time to watch tennis/browse MTF in the morning, hopefully i'll get off the net quickly enough not to force major off-season. :lol:

Kristen
02-16-2006, 10:48 AM
From Adelaide this year... apologies for the quality. Damn night matches, and my being uncomfortable taking photos during them!

cobalt60
02-16-2006, 11:07 AM
Thanks Kristen! No problem as it is appreciated!

cobalt60
02-16-2006, 01:47 PM
Lost 6-4 6-4
I assume next up Rotterdam!

cobalt60
02-16-2006, 06:56 PM
Hopefully I did this right. If not check out ATP tennis videos of Andyoni in Adelaide:)

http://www.atptennis.atponline.net/en/tvshow/?AssetID=1297

Maia
02-16-2006, 09:22 PM
Thanks for the pic Kirsten :kiss: and thanks for the link Sue :hug:

cobalt60
02-17-2006, 01:18 AM
Don't know where to post this but I watched the Real Life on the WTA tour on the tennis channel and the half hour was devoted to Shahar Peer. What a sweet girl she seems to be; complete in Army uniform. She said she was having fun. Well I don't remember my boot camp in the Navy being any fun at all :lol:

cobalt60
02-19-2006, 01:26 AM
First Round Knowles and Nestor. Holy sh*t :o
They should have come and played here in the states ;) That way my son and I could have seen them play in Vegas . Oh well not to be this year.Very tough but good luck. They seem to raise their game when they play a good team but have a letdown otherwise. Consistency please :p

Jelena
02-19-2006, 06:59 AM
Oh nooo to Nestor/Knowles!

Nimrodg
02-19-2006, 02:57 PM
First Round Knowles and Nestor. Holy sh*t :o
They should have come and played here in the states ;) That way my son and I could have seen them play in Vegas . Oh well not to be this year.Very tough but good luck. They seem to raise their game when they play a good team but have a letdown otherwise. Consistency please :p

I think they like to play against them. They won against them when they reached Wimby SF in 2003 and last year in the masters series(Toronto?)

They can win this ;)

cobalt60
02-19-2006, 03:44 PM
I think they like to play against them. They won against them when they reached Wimby SF in 2003 and last year in the masters series(Toronto?)

They can win this ;)
That would be nice huh? ;)

cobalt60
02-20-2006, 10:47 PM
They don't play tomorrow it seems but while I was checking the Rotterdam site I found photos of last year when they won the doubles title. So I hope these post:

cobalt60
02-21-2006, 08:29 PM
I will be flying off to Las Vegas so no time to check the scores. Good luck to them as this will be tough. Still wish they were playing in Vegas :lol:

Nimrodg
02-22-2006, 03:19 PM
That would be nice huh? ;)

Told you Sue

Ram/Erlich def. Knowels/Nestor 6-4 6-4 :woohoo:

Awesome win :yeah:

physics
02-22-2006, 03:46 PM
Yes, Erlich/Ram defeated Knowles/Nestor! I knew they could do it! You can always count on Erlich/Ram to pull off any win! Kadima! :dance:

Jelena
02-22-2006, 05:49 PM
Cool! Vamos in the next round! (Sorry I'm cheering them in Spanish, but they understand it ;))

physics
02-23-2006, 02:03 AM
Jelena, it's ok, Andy & Yoni obviously understand Spanish since they were born in South America. Anyways, good luck to them, in any language! :)

Jelena
02-23-2006, 09:27 AM
Jelena, it's ok, Andy & Yoni obviously understand Spanish since they were born in South America. Anyways, good luck to them, in any language! :)
I know and that's why I do it, especially as cheering is the only thing I can do fluently in Spanish ;)

Nimrodg
02-23-2006, 10:20 AM
I know and that's why I do it, especially as cheering is the only thing I can do fluently in Spanish ;)

Actually the Israeli translation for Vamos is "KADIMA" :cool: But Vamos is a known word in Israel so it's O.K too..:)

Maia
02-24-2006, 02:54 PM
They won 7-5 7-6!! :woohoo:
Semis tomorrow :yeah:

Nimrodg
02-24-2006, 03:13 PM
Kadimaaaaaaaaaaaaa :woohoo:

Nimrodg
02-25-2006, 03:32 PM
Ram/Erlich def. Berdych/Suk 6-3 6-4

:bounce: :bounce: :banana: :banana: :bounce: :bounce:

Take the title guys :yeah:

Nimrodg
02-26-2006, 04:26 PM
Hanely/Ulyett def. Ram/Erlich 7-6 7-6

:sad:

Great tournament though :yeah: , Best of luck in Indian wells :bounce:
BTW - Andy is gonna play in Future in Israel this week, in Ra'anana, good luck Andy :yeah:

cobalt60
03-01-2006, 01:37 PM
See what I missed :lol: Glad they did well in Rotterdam. Seems they like the tournie.
Good luck in Indian Wells!

Nimrodg
03-01-2006, 01:43 PM
Andy is in the QF's in Raanana future. He should win this tournament IMO, it can boost his ranking in Singles.

He defeated now Henrik Norfeldt 6-1 6-4
and in the 1st round the number 348 in the world, Benjamin Balleret 6-3 6-4

cobalt60
03-01-2006, 01:49 PM
Andy is in the QF's in Raanana future. He should win this tournament IMO, it can boost his ranking in Singles.

He defeated now Henrik Norfeldt 6-1 6-4
and in the 1st round the number 348 in the world, Benjamin Balleret 6-3 6-4
:D Did not realize that he was still playing singles occasionally. Good for him. Good practice. I assume that Yoni took the week off then;)

Maia
03-03-2006, 11:39 AM
Andy is in the finals :D

Jelena
03-03-2006, 11:48 AM
Cool! Vamos Andy!!!!

cobalt60
03-03-2006, 12:24 PM
Kadima!!! :haha:

Anyone know if Harel L is injured again?

Nimrodg
03-03-2006, 01:08 PM
Kadima!!! :haha:

Anyone know if Harel L is injured again?

He isn't injured

He didn't decided yet if he will go to the Indian wells qualies...if I'll see some updated I will let you know ;)

cobalt60
03-03-2006, 01:34 PM
He isn't injured

He didn't decided yet if he will go to the Indian wells qualies...if I'll see some updated I will let you know ;)
Thank you. :hug: Obviously I can't get any info otherwise ;)

Nimrodg
03-04-2006, 12:05 PM
Andy wins 6-3 3-6 6-3 and takes the trophy :p

Good luck in Indian Wells :yeah:

cobalt60
03-04-2006, 02:47 PM
:yeah: Wonder if he is thinking about playing more singles after Yoni retires?
Good luck in IW! Hope they get lots of points!

Jelena
03-04-2006, 03:37 PM
Andy jumps from #809 in current Singles ranking (27th Feb) up to around #650 or #660. Well done!

Nimrodg
03-06-2006, 03:03 PM
Sue :wavey:

Harel will play in the Pre-Qualifier tournament and will try to get a WC for the MIAMI qualies

cobalt60
03-13-2006, 10:10 PM
They should be playing soon or at the moment :lol: Vamos!

Edit: Lost 6-3 4-6 7-10
Onto Miami. Time to get points!

cobalt60
03-18-2006, 11:01 AM
Well the duo really need to get some wins here in a Masters so good luck in Miami guys!

napki
03-19-2006, 04:08 AM
They should be playing soon or at the moment :lol: Vamos!

Edit: Lost 6-3 4-6 7-10
Onto Miami. Time to get points!
It's a shame that Nadal had to withdraw from doubles after he and Youzhny beat Andyoni. :sad: I know it was a precaution not to injure his ankle but it still sucks. Oh well, better luck in Miami!

I heard that draws will be out on Monday - two more days. :)

cobalt60
03-19-2006, 12:32 PM
It's a shame that Nadal had to withdraw from doubles after he and Youzhny beat Andyoni. :sad: I know it was a precaution not to injure his ankle but it still sucks. Oh well, better luck in Miami!

I heard that draws will be out on Monday - two more days. :)
I was thinking the same thing :o I wonder if the Israeli Duo were thinking the same thing;)

cobalt60
03-23-2006, 04:51 PM
They will play Kerr/Thomas. Allez!

napki
03-24-2006, 05:39 PM
Finally! :lol:
I was checking the draws every day since monday but doubles draw just wasn't there! I wanted to post it first but you beat me to it. :hug:

Good luck to our boys! :bigclap:

cobalt60
03-26-2006, 01:12 AM
Up first at 10am tomorrow. Just do it:)

EDIT: Which they did;) 6-1 7-5 :woohoo:

cobalt60
03-27-2006, 10:24 PM
Men's Doubles: 2nd Round
Robert Lindstedt (SWE)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs. Jonathan Erlich (ISR)
Andy Ram (ISR) [6]

cobalt60
03-28-2006, 07:27 PM
Into the QF's. They won 7-5 6-7 10-4.
Still can't decide if I like the 3rd set tiebreak scoring system. It took only 11 minutes to win the "last set" according to the website. :lol:

cobalt60
03-28-2006, 07:29 PM
Match Stats:

Court 1: Men's Doubles, 2nd Round 1 2 3

R. Lindstedt (SWE) / J. Nieminen (FIN) 5 7 6
(5) (4)
J. Erlich (ISR) / A. Ram (ISR) [6] 7 6 7

Elapsed Time By Set 37 56 11



Statistics: Match • Set 1 • Set 2 • Set 3
Match Summary Lindstedt / Nieminen Erlich / Ram

1st Serve % 59% 56%
Aces 9 7
Double Faults 1 5
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts. 29 of 45 = 64% 37 of 46 = 80%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts. 19 of 31 = 61% 22 of 36 = 61%
Break Point Conversions 0 of 4 = 0% 1 of 10 = 10%
Total Points Won 71 87

cobalt60
03-29-2006, 01:34 AM
They play Suk/Vizner at 11am EST tomorrow.
Guess I am talking to myself again;)

napki
03-29-2006, 05:16 AM
:haha: :haha:

Sue :D :hug:

I'm sorry i didn't show up the last two days. My new place is OVERWHELMING, it's only tuesday but it feels like thursday already. :) Or maybe it's because that for the last three months tuesdays, thursday and sundays were exactly the same. Saturday was the only exception cos my mom doesn't let me off the phone for more than an hour, she doesn't have that much free time on other days of the week. :)

Anyway, GOOD LUCK!!! Kadima, Vamos, Allez etc. :p

:bigclap:

Behatzlacha!

cobalt60
03-29-2006, 04:23 PM
Just checked the scoreboard and they lost the first set in a tiebreak ( very close ) and they are down a break in the second set. So sending good whatevers but this might be the end of Miami for them.

cobalt60
03-29-2006, 05:37 PM
:woohoo: Into the Semi's. They won 6-7 7-6 10-3

Coriafan
03-29-2006, 06:21 PM
Amazing :D Kadima boysssssss

cobalt60
03-29-2006, 08:08 PM
Amazing :D Kadima boysssssss
Welcome:wavey:

cobalt60
03-29-2006, 11:41 PM
Damn I am talking to myself again???? Well they will be playing the BryBros in the SF's. I like both sets pretty much equally so may the best duo win at the right time ;)

napki
03-29-2006, 11:47 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo:


I've decided that next time i go to a tournament (it'll probably be USO) it'll have to be on the day and Andy Yoni are playing. I mean how much time can i :woohoo: for players whom i didn't see play? :lol:


Kadima hevrei! You can do it! We can help. :p

cobalt60
03-29-2006, 11:54 PM
They are sweet believe you me;)

cobalt60
03-30-2006, 11:27 AM
From the Miami Herald:

Israeli doubles players Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich said they are always inspired by the Jewish fans who root for them at their stops, particularly in South Florida, where they come out in big numbers.

Ram and Erlich are doubly interesting to fans here because they also have South American roots.

Ram was born in Uruguay and Erlich in Argentina. Ram's mother is Uruguayan and his father, a former pro soccer player, is Israeli; they moved to Israel when he was 5. Erlich's parents are Argentinean Jews who married in Israel and moved there when Erlich was a year old.

Both players speak Hebrew, Spanish and English.

''The Jewish fans in the United States have a lot of pride, and we love it when they come root for us,'' Erlich said. ``It's nice for them and nice for us. We have never felt any discrimination on tour, we're just players like everyone else.''

The only difference is that they will not play on Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Last year, the Vienna, Austria, tournament fell during the holiday, and the two fasted and attended synagogue.

''The ATP knows about that day, and they never schedule us that day,'' Ram said. ``They are very understanding about this.''

cobalt60
03-30-2006, 03:54 PM
They have lost the first set 6-2 and are down a break in the second set. Oh well. And I am off so will check back later.

cobalt60
03-30-2006, 05:04 PM
They lost 2-6 4-6 Next;)

napki
03-31-2006, 12:09 AM
Ohh. After I read the first post i thought (/hoped/wished/...) they would pull off the same thing as last time and win the match being down a set and a break. :awww:

I guess Monte Carlo is next and it's going to be an exciting tournament (don't know why really, maybe just because i find the name intriguing :p). I hope they good on clay. :)

cobalt60
03-31-2006, 01:14 AM
Actually they are not very good on clay :( A shame really but one never knows. One of these days you must get to a tournie and watch them. They speak to each other in Hebrew and although I have only seen them play 3 times total; even when they lost they were smiling and in good spirits.

Coriafan
03-31-2006, 02:57 PM
Welcome:wavey:
Thanks! :wavey:
I love Andyoni :hearts: :worship:
Well, good luck next ;) you're the best ;)

Nimrodg
04-05-2006, 04:57 PM
Andy&Yoni probably won't play in Houston/Valencia and their next Tournament will be in Monte-Carlo

cobalt60
04-11-2006, 08:01 PM
Well although I doubt they read this forum :lol: how about a good pesach for the Jewish Duo;) And then wins in Monte Carlo( on the clay....)

Maia
04-11-2006, 08:03 PM
Why not? sounds good to me ;)

cobalt60
04-19-2006, 12:19 AM
Finally someone I enjoy hearing/watching? about is playing. Up at 10am Court 9- the dreaded clay gentleman. Sigh. Ya'allah!

cobalt60
04-19-2006, 06:24 PM
And yes it was indeed the dreaded clay-they lost in the 3rd set TB.

cobalt60
04-22-2006, 08:01 PM
Playing Barcelona:
First round bye. I think they will get past BYE in round one. After all it is 2 against 1;)

ae wowww
04-22-2006, 11:26 PM
Playing Barcelona:
First round bye. I think they will get past BYE in round one. After all it is 2 against 1;)

:lol:

cobalt60
04-22-2006, 11:29 PM
Yeah Andrew but you never know- it is on clay so anything can happen. ( Psst- I sure hope they never read MTF or this thread- what trouble I would be in :lol: ) Of course I am just kidding:)

cobalt60
04-27-2006, 12:54 AM
Well they finally play tomorrow. Vamos,allez,Ya'allah and come on;)

cobalt60
04-27-2006, 01:16 PM
Doesn't look good in Barcelona. Lost the first set TB and are down in the second 3-0.
And since I am talking to myself here again I think it is time for others to pick up the slack. :D

Nimrodg
04-27-2006, 01:21 PM
don't worry Sue, you aren't talking to yourself :)

cobalt60
04-27-2006, 01:28 PM
Phew that's good! Anyway now I am off to work. Catch you later. Not looking good for the duo.

Maia
04-27-2006, 09:05 PM
Another loss :sad: if they want to be in the Masters Cup this year they need to start winning again...

cobalt60
04-27-2006, 10:20 PM
Aw Maia :hug: Clay isn't their best surface so there is still time. I figure any points they get on the clay is just extra. But you are right; it does put pressure on them to do very well as the year goes on.

cobalt60
05-07-2006, 01:38 AM
Thankfully back playing this week. Anything in the Israeli papers as to why they took last week off? Thanks.

cobalt60
05-11-2006, 02:21 PM
They won :D 6-4 6-3 and closed out the last serving game with an Ace at 40-love.
:woohoo:

Nimrodg
05-11-2006, 03:16 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: !!!

Maia
05-12-2006, 04:43 PM
They beat Hanley/Ullyet 6-1 6-4 :worship:

cobalt60
05-12-2006, 07:41 PM
Wunderbar;) Into the semifinals!!!!

Nimrodg
05-13-2006, 04:51 PM
AndYoni def. Gonzo/Massu 6-3 5-7 10-5 to reach Rome masters Final(on clay :eek: ) :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

cobalt60
05-13-2006, 04:51 PM
Into the finals!!! They beat the chileans 6-3 5-7 10-5
Excellent!!!!!

Nimrodg
05-13-2006, 04:54 PM
Into the finals!!! They beat the chileans 6-3 5-7 10-5
Excellent!!!!!

Sue :wavey: :wavey: :wavey:

napki
05-13-2006, 04:55 PM
Wow, they're making progress on clay! :eek: :worship:


:woohoo:

Maia
05-13-2006, 05:01 PM
:worship: :woohoo: :worship: :woohoo:
Awesome job boys! I hope they win their first Masters title tommorow! :yeah:

Deboogle!.
05-13-2006, 06:34 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

They should be good on clay, aren't they both Native South Americans? :p

cobalt60
05-13-2006, 08:30 PM
:woohoo: Sorry but I had no internet today on my computer. Used Hubs to see the 3rd tiebreak and the one post!!! Revancha Deb;) Off for dinner-later:wavey: Maia,Napki and Nimrod!!!