|Residence||Tel Aviv, Israel|
April 5, 1977 |
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 292 (October 4, 1999)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Highest ranking||No. 5 (July 7, 2008)|
|Current ranking||No. 45 (June 15, 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (2008)|
|French Open||3R (2004, 2007, 2008, 2014)|
|Wimbledon||SF (2003, 2015)|
|US Open||QF (2005)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||RR (2006, 2007)|
|Olympic Games||QF (2004, 2012)|
|Davis Cup||SF (2009)|
|Last updated on: June 15, 2016.|
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 "Andyoni". His Davis Cup doubles record, as of 2013, was 17–7.
Erlich first started playing tennis when he was three years old, and he played his first tournament at the age of seven. 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.
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.
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.
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. They reached 8th place in the doubles ranking at the end of 2005, and served as alternates at the Masters Cup in Shanghai.
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, 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. 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).
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.
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. 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). 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." 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. 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. "This is something I will cherish for all of my life," said Erlich. 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." Even the Saudi Gazette described the doubles match as a "thrilling" win. Ran was carried shoulder-high around the Tel Aviv stadium, as the 10,000-strong crowd applauded. 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. 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.
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Winner||2008||Australian Open||Hard||Andy Ram|| Arnaud Clément
|Win||1–0||Jul 2000||Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, US||International||Grass||Harel Levy|| Kyle Spencer
|Win||2–0||Sep 2003||Thailand Open, Thailand||International||Hard (i)||Andy Ram|| Andrew Kratzmann
|Win||3–0||Oct 2003||Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, France||International||Carpet (i)||Andy Ram|| Julien Benneteau
|Loss||3–1||Jan 2004||Chennai Open, India||International||Hard||Andy Ram|| Rafael Nadal
|6–7(3–7), 6–4, 3–6|
|Loss||3–2||Feb 2004||Rotterdam Open, Netherlands||Intl. Gold||Hard (i)||Andy Ram|| Paul Hanley
|7–5, 6–7(5–7), 5–7|
|Win||4–2||Oct 2004||Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, France (2)||International||Carpet (i)||Andy Ram|| Jonas Björkman
|Win||5–2||Feb 2005||Rotterdam Open, Netherlands||Intl. Gold||Hard (i)||Andy Ram|| Cyril Suk
|6–4, 4–6, 6–3|
|Win||6–2||Jun 2005||Nottingham Open, UK||International||Grass||Andy Ram|| Simon Aspelin
|4–6, 6–3, 7–5|
|Loss||6–3||Jul 2005||Los Angeles Open, US||International||Hard||Andy Ram|| Rick Leach
|Loss||6–4||Aug 2005||Canadian Open, Canada||Masters Series||Hard||Andy Ram|| Wayne Black
|7–6(7–5), 3–6, 0–6|
|Loss||6–5||Oct 2005||Thailand Open, Thailand||International||Hard (i)||Andy Ram|| Paul Hanley
|6–5(7–5), 1–6, 2–6|
|Loss||6–6||Oct 2005||Vienna Open, Austria||Intl. Gold||Hard (i)||Andy Ram|| Mark Knowles
|Win||7–6||Jan 2006||Adelaide International, Australia||International||Hard||Andy Ram|| Paul Hanley
|Loss||7–7||Feb 2006||Rotterdam Open, Netherlands||Intl. Gold||Hard (i)||Andy Ram|| Paul Hanley
|Loss||7–8||May 2006||Italian Open, Italy||Masters Series||Clay||Andy Ram|| Mark Knowles
|4–6, 7–5, [11–13]|
|Win||8–8||Jun 2006||Nottingham Open, UK (2)||International||Grass||Andy Ram|| Igor Kunitsyn
|Win||9–8||Aug 2006||Connecticut Open, US||International||Hard||Andy Ram|| Mariusz Fyrstenberg
|Win||10–8||Oct 2006||Thailand Open, Thailand (2)||International||Hard (i)||Andy Ram|| Andy Murray
|6–2, 2–6, [10–4]|
|Loss||10–9||Mar 2007||Las Vegas Open, US||International||Hard||Andy Ram|| Bob Bryan
|Loss||10–10||Mar 2007||Indian Wells Masters, US||Masters Series||Hard||Andy Ram|| Martin Damm
|Loss||10–11||Aug 2007||Washington Open, US||International||Hard||Andy Ram|| Bob Bryan
|6–7(5–7), 6–3, [7–10]|
|Win||11–11||Aug 2007||Cincinnati Masters, US||Masters Series||Hard||Andy Ram|| Bob Bryan
|4–6, 6–3, [13–11]|
|Win||12–11||Jan 2008||Australian Open, Australia||Grand Slam||Hard||Andy Ram|| Arnaud Clément
|Win||13–11||Mar 2008||Indian Wells Masters, US||Masters Series||Hard||Andy Ram|| Daniel Nestor
|Loss||13–12||Aug 2008||Cincinnati Masters, US||Masters Series||Hard||Andy Ram|| Bob Bryan
|6–4, 6–7(2–7), [7–10]|
|Win||14–12||Jun 2010||Queen's Club Championships, UK||250 Series||Grass||Novak Djokovic|| Karol Beck
|7–6(8–6), 2–6, [10–3]|
|Loss||14–13||Oct 2010||Thailand Open, Thailand||250 Series||Hard (i)||Jürgen Melzer|| Christopher Kas
|Win||15–13||Jun 2011||Eastbourne International, UK||250 Series||Grass||Andy Ram|| Grigor Dimitrov
|Win||16–13||Aug 2011||Winston-Salem Open, US||250 Series||Hard||Andy Ram|| Christopher Kas
|Loss||16–14||Jan 2012||Chennai Open, India||250 Series||Hard||Andy Ram|| Leander Paes
|Win||17–14||May 2012||Serbia Open, Serbia||250 Series||Clay||Andy Ram|| Martin Emmrich
|4–6, 6–2, [10–6]|
|Loss||17–15||Jun 2013||Halle Open, Germany||250 Series||Grass||Daniele Bracciali|| Santiago González
|Loss||17–16||Jul 2014||Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, US||250 Series||Grass||Rajeev Ram|| Chris Guccione
|Win||18–16||Oct 2015||Shenzhen Open, China||250 Series||Hard||Colin Fleming|| Chris Guccione
|6–1, 6–7(3–7), [10–6]|
|Loss||18–17||Feb 2016||Open 13, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Colin Fleming|| Mate Pavić
|Loss||18–18||Aug 2016||Los Cabos Open, Mexico||250 Series||Hard||Ken Skupski|| Purav Raja
|Loss||18–19||Jan 2017||Auckland Open, New Zealand||250 Series||Hard||Scott Lipsky|| Marcin Matkowski
|6–1, 2–6, [3–10]|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||1R||1R||A||2R||3R||2R||3R||W||A||QF||2R||1R||3R||1R||3R||1R||1 / 13||19–12|
|French Open||A||A||1R||A||3R||A||2R||3R||3R||1R||2R||1R||2R||2R||3R||A||2R||0 / 12||13–12|
|Wimbledon||A||2R||1R||SF||1R||3R||3R||2R||QF||1R||1R||1R||2R||1R||1R||SF||1R||0 / 15||13–15|
|US Open||1R||A||A||1R||1R||QF||3R||3R||2R||1R||2R||2R||2R||2R||1R||1R||2R||0 / 14||12–13|
|Win–Loss||0–1||1–2||0–3||4–2||3–4||5–3||6–4||7–4||12–3||0–3||5–4||2–4||3–4||4–4||2–3||10-3||2-4||1 / 50||54–48|
|ATP World Tour Finals||A||A||A||A||A||A||RR||RR||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 2||2–4|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||1R||F||W||A||A||2R||A||1R||2R||A||A||1 / 8||13–7|
|Miami||A||A||A||A||2R||QF||SF||1R||1R||A||A||QF||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 6||8–6|
|Monte Carlo||A||A||A||A||2R||A||2R||2R||QF||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 4||1–4|
|Rome||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||F||2R||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 5||3–5|
|Madrid||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||QF||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||0 / 5||1–5|
|Canada||A||A||A||A||QF||F||2R||SF||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 5||7–5|
|Cincinnati||A||A||A||A||QF||1R||SF||W||F||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1 / 6||11–5|
|Shanghai||Not Masters Series||A||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||1–1|
|Paris||A||A||A||A||A||QF||1R||1R||A||1R||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 5||2–5|
|Hamburg||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||QF||SF||2R||Not Masters Series||0 / 5||3–5|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||6–8||8–8||10–9||11–8||9–6||0–2||2–2||3–2||0–0||0–1||1–2||0-1||0-0||2 / 51||50–49|
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