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03-19-2008 07:25 PM
Re: Doubles Draw
I’ve been trying to interview Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram the last couple of few weeks since they decided not to play in Dubai. In Australia, where they won their country’s first Grand Slam title, they sounded quite certain they were going to follow Shahar Peer’s historic appearance in Doha and become the first tennis players from Israel to compete in Persian Gulf. What happened?

I caught up with them in the players lounge but I didn’t get an answer. In fact, what they told me – or didn’t tell me – only deepened my interest. “At the moment we prefer not to talk about Dubai,” said Ram following their 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Paul-Henri Mathieu and Radek Stepanek. “We can say that we want to play there in the future, like we did this year. That’s all we can say.”

“It’s a very delicate issue,” added Erlich.

They said they had discussed Peer’s experience in Qatar, which was positive. “She told us she had a great time,” said Ram. “They treated her like a queen.” I pressed on, but neither would budge. Was it a security issue? A visa issue? Did the Israeli authorities or the ATP dissuade them from attending? Erlich said their mandatory military service taught them to keep information to themselves. “Too many years in the army, so we learned to keep our information,” he said. “We need to keep it vague right now. Next year we will definitely try to go there.”

Another top doubles player told me he didn’t know the reason they backed off but said he had heard the ATP asked them not to go when the looked into it previously. They promised to have more answers in a few weeks or months. Stay tuned for more on this.
03-04-2008 12:26 PM
Re: Doubles Draw

Since when is it allowed to pull out of a tournament with an injury (beforehand) and then play doubles

Aisam Qureshi ....
03-02-2008 05:24 PM
Re: Doubles Draw

Originally Posted by cobalt60 View Post
Hmmmm. Erlich and Ram were due to play here. I can only imagine what went wrong. Good old politics.
Really unfortunate
03-02-2008 10:37 AM
Re: Doubles Draw

Good luck Murray/Wawrinka
03-02-2008 07:18 AM
Re: Doubles Draw

Good Luck Berdych/Nieminen, Andreev/Mathieu, Fyrstenberg/Matkowski, Lopez/Nadal & Ferrer/Verdasco
03-02-2008 06:48 AM
Re: Doubles Draw

good luck Igor/Paulo, Philipp/Misha, and David/Fernando
03-01-2008 09:10 PM
Re: Doubles Draw

Gasquet and Santoro to pull a surprise and get to the final but lose to Damm and Vizner
03-01-2008 09:07 PM
Re: Doubles Draw

Win a match please Daniel/Nenad
03-01-2008 07:30 PM
ae wowww
Re: Doubles Draw

Good Fortune:
Jeff Coetzee/Wes Moodie
03-01-2008 07:22 PM
Re: Doubles Draw

good luck to

03-01-2008 05:33 PM
Re: Doubles Draw

Good luck to Nestor/Zimonjic They better win this one
03-01-2008 05:07 PM
Re: Doubles Draw

No Erlich and Ram? Aw..

Philip and Mikhail will surprise the top half, but the titles goes to Bhupathi and Knowles.
03-01-2008 04:41 PM
Re: Doubles Draw

Hmmmm. Erlich and Ram were due to play here. I can only imagine what went wrong. Good old politics.
03-01-2008 04:32 PM
Re: Doubles Draw

03-01-2008 03:32 PM
Doubles Draw

(1)Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic Vs Tomas Berdych/Jarkko Nieminen
Igor Andreev/Paul Henri Mathieu Vs (W/C) Rohan Boapanna/Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi

(3)Martin Damm/Pavel Vizner Vs (W/C) Hamoud Abbas/Mahmoud Nader
Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski Vs Philipp Kohlschreiber/Mikhail Youzhny

Jeff/Coetzee/Wesley Moodie Vs Feliciano Lopez/Rafael Nadal
Andy Murray/Stanislas Wawrinka Vs (4)Mahesh Bhupathi/Mark Knowles

Richard Gasquet/Fabrice Santoro Vs David Ferrer/Fernando Verdasco
Paul Hanley/Leander Paes Vs (2)Simon Aspelin/Julian Knowle

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