Andy Ram in 2013.
|Born||April 10, 1980|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||US$ 2,593,432|
|Highest ranking||No. 187 (August 14, 2000)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||Q3 (2005)|
|French Open||Q1 (2001, 2003)|
|US Open||Q2 (2001)|
|Highest ranking||No. 5 (July 7, 2008)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (2008)|
|French Open||SF (2010)|
|US Open||SF (2009)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||F (2009)|
|Olympic Games||QF (2004, 2012)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (2009)|
|French Open||W (2007)|
|US Open||SF (2005)|
|Davis Cup||SF (2009)|
|Last updated on: October 25, 2012.|
He is the first Israeli tennis player to win a senior Grand Slam event. Ram first won the mixed doubles title at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, together with Vera Zvonareva. He then won the mixed doubles title at the 2007 French Open with Nathalie Dechy, and the men's doubles title at the 2008 Australian Open with Jonathan Erlich.
Ram attained his highest doubles ranking of World No. 5 in July 2008. He reached 36 doubles finals and won 20 of them through 2013, mostly with partner Jonathan Erlich; together, they are known in Israel as "AndiYoni". His Davis Cup doubles record, as of 2018, was 20–7.
In May 2014 he announced his retirement, to take effect after Israel's Davis Cup tie in September. In April 2015, Ram, CEO of Pulse Play, announced his new startup - wearable technology and an app for amateur tennis players around the world.
Early and personal life
Ram was born Andreas Ram in Montevideo, Uruguay, and is Jewish. His father Amiram, a former professional soccer player for Betar Jerusalem in the 1950s, was Israeli. After his father was injured he was sent to Uruguay on "shlihut" ("outreach"), and it was there that he met Ram's mother, who is Uruguayan. She is a dental specialist for children. He has an older brother and a younger sister. They moved to Jerusalem when he was five, which is when he began playing tennis. "It was tough at the beginning because I couldn't speak the language, and was fighting with people in the kindergarten who didn't understand me", said Ram. "My parents decided to send me to the tennis center not long after we arrived."
Early years of tennis
"I really enjoyed playing tennis, because when I was six or seven years old and winning tournaments it felt good", said Ram. "From when I was 8 or 10 I knew it was going to be a career for me. It's a tennis life so it wasn't so easy. You have to give up many things. When all my friends were playing outside I had to practice. I didn't go to all the school trips. But I was focused from a very young age. I grew up practicing at the Jerusalem tennis center. I spent most of my childhood there, practicing five days a week. I never regretted it and I enjoyed every moment. Now I am reaping the rewards."
Ram was trained by Ronen Moralli at the Israel Tennis Centers in Jerusalem. "My first inspiration was Jo Jo Lizmi, the famous Jerusalem tennis coach, who showed me all the basic techniques. I was with him four or five years and he taught me everything – how to hold the racket, forehand, and backhand. He was very tough." "But the man who really developed my game was Ronen Moralli", says Ram. "He was with me in Jerusalem from when I was 10 years old, but then he moved to Wingate as the national coach." Moralli recalls: "When I worked with Andy at the Jerusalem Tennis Center he was very very energetic and full of passion. His technical abilities weren't as good as the other kids, but he had an understanding of the game. It was something spectacular. He knew when to come to the net, when to stay back. This is something you are born with. Either you have it or you don't. You can teach it, but only up to a certain point, and Andy was born with it."
When he was 15 he was sent to the Wingate Institute, where young Israeli athletes are groomed to become professionals. "It wasn't easy being far away from your family", Ram remembers, "but you know it is going to be your profession and that's what you are going to try to do for life. You practice twice a day and fit in school in between." He became a professional tennis player in 1996, at the age of 16, but did not compete in a Grand Slam tournament until 2001 when he appeared in the Wimbledon doubles with Erlich.
It was at Wingate that he first met Jonathan Erlich, his future doubles partner who was also born in South America. Ram said: "We have known each other for many years. When he was 17 we met at Wingate and ever since we have been practicing together. We grew up together and we complete each other off and on court – the first rule of doubles is communication." He adds: "Yoni and I are very proud of being Israelis. They love us all around the world, and there is a big Jewish community around the world that supports us.... All over the world it is like this. When we go to Beijing even the Chinese Jews cheer for us."
In 2002 Ram was injured, and did not play because he had knee surgery and back surgery. He was on crutches for two months, could not walk, and considered giving up tennis."
With partner Jonathan Erlich, his groundbreaking achievement was their reaching the semifinals of the Wimbledon championships in 2003 as unknown qualifiers. They defeated three seeded opponents en route to the semifinals. In the quarterfinals, in a match in which neither side broke service, Ram and Erlich defeated No. 2 seeded Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor in straight sets: 7–6, 7–6, 7–6. In the semis, Ram and Erlich – the first Israelis to ever advance to the semifinals in any Grand Slam event – lost to the defending Wimbledon champions, Jonas Björkman and Todd Woodbridge.
Ram felt at that point that he had to choose whether to focus on doubles or singles, as he felt it would be tough to combine the two. He chose to concentrate on doubles.
Ram competed in the mixed doubles event at the 2004 French Open with partner Petra Mandula of Hungary, and made it as far as the quarterfinals where they lost to Daniela Hantuchová and doubles ace Todd Woodbridge. Ram and Erlich were triumphant yet again in the Lyon International Series tournament in October 2004. They defeated Jonas Björkman and Radek Štěpánek in the final with a 7–6, 6–2 victory.
In the 2005 Australian Open Ram paired up with Conchita Martínez of Spain in the mixed doubles event. Martinez and Ram pulled off an impressive coup in the quarterfinals, beating top seeds Daniel Nestor and Rennae Stubbs 7–5, 6–7, 7–6. They fell in the semifinals to Aussie pair Scott Draper and Samantha Stosur 7–5, 6–3.
Ram and Erlich won their fourth major tournament in Rotterdam in February 2005, beating Czechs Cyril Suk and Pavel Vízner for the honors. They missed the 2005 French Open grand slam tournament, as Ram's father had died as he was preparing to fly to France.
Ram and Erlich played in the mixed doubles competition in Wimbledon 2005. They faced Kevin Ullyett and Liezel Huber in the quarterfinals, and were eliminated 6–4, 3–6, 8–6. They reached 8th place in the doubles race ranking at the end of 2005, and served as alternates at the Masters Cup in Shanghai.
At the 2007 French Open, Ram, along with his partner, Nathalie Dechy, won the Mixed Doubles competition. Ram and Dechy teamed up together again to compete in the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, losing in the third round to 9th-ranked Marcin Matkowski and Cara Black 6–3, 6–4.
At Cincinnati, at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000, in August he and Erlich won, upsetting the world # 1 Bryan brothers in the final 4–6, 6–3, 13–11. At the US Open, he played doubles with Erlich, losing in the round of 16 to the eventual winners Simon Aspelin and Julian Simon 5–7, 6–7. In mixed doubles with Nathalie Dechy he made it to the quarter finals.
At the 2008 Australian Open Ram and Erlich won the Men's Doubles Championship in straight sets over Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra 7–5, 7–6. This was the duo's first Grand Slam win after numerous ATP titles, and was also Israel's first ever Grand Slam trophy in Men's Doubles. The duo also won the Masters Series event at Indian Wells, California by defeating the team of Nestor and Zimonic in the finals. After Erlich's injury, Ram was playing with other partners and won indoor titles in Vienna (with Max Mirnyi) and Lyon (with Llodra).
At the 2009 Australian Open Ram and Nathalie Dechy, unseeded at the start of the tournament, defeated two seeded pairs and reached the finals, where they lost to another unseeded pair, Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupati from India, 3–6, 1–6. Later Ram won the Miami Masters tournament with Mirnyi after reaching finals in the Indian Wells Masters. Ram partnered Erlich once again at Israel Open ATP Challenger tournament in Ramat Hasharon in May, but after losing in the final he announced his decision to keep partnering with Mirnyi until the end of 2009 season (with the exception of a Davis Cup match against Russia, where he would partner with Erlich).
In May 2014, at age 34, he announced his retirement, to take effect after Israel's Davis Cup tie in September.
Ram played on the Israel Davis Cup team in 2001–09, going 14–8 through July 2009. In 2007 he won two matches in Israel's 5–0 win over Luxembourg, and he won his doubles matches in Israel's 3–2 wins over Italy and over Chile (in which he and Erlich defeated Olympic gold medal winners González and Massú). In 2008, Ram and Erlich won their doubles match against Simon Aspelin and Robert Lindstedt in Israel's 3–2 loss to Sweden in the World group, and then Ram partnering Harel Levy defeated the Peruvian duo Mauricio Echazu/Matias Silva on the way to Israel's 4–1 victory, granting Israel a place in the World Group for the next season. In March 2009, partnering Amir Hadad, Ram lost in Malmö to the same Swedish pair he defeated a year earlier, but the Israeli team won 3–2 overall and proceeded to the World Group quarterfinal.
Israel (ranked 8th in the Davis Cup standings, with 5,394 points) hosted heavily favored Russia (which won in both 2002 and 2006, and was 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 Ram, Erlich, 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 10,500 spectators were the largest crowd ever for a tennis match in Israel. The next day Ram and Erlich beat Safin and Kunitsyn 6–3, 6–4, 6–7, 4–6, 6–4 in front of a boisterous crowd of over 10,000. "I started to cry like a little boy", said Ram. Even the Saudi Gazette described the doubles match as a "thrilling" win. Captain 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. Ram said: "We have all grown up together since the age of 14. The reason we are in the semis is because we are a united team."
Erlich and Ram represented Israel at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and reached the quarterfinals. Ranked 8th overall, in the 1st round they defeated Thomas Enqvist and Robin Söderling of Sweden 7–5, 6–3, and then beat Russians Igor Andreev and Nikolay Davydenko in the 2nd round 6–4, 6–1. In the quarterfinals they were defeated by Germans Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schüttler in three sets, 6–2, 2–6, 2–6.
They also represented Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, where they lost to the French team of Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra in the first round, and at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where they were beaten by the Bryan brothers in the quarter final.
Ram was awarded the inaugural Jerusalem Athlete of the Year award in 2006.
Business venture after tennis career
In April 2015, Ram, co-founder and CEO of Pulse Play, announced his new startup - wearable technology and an app for amateur tennis players around the world. It is a smartwatch designed to handle intense and animated tennis, table tennis, badminton, and squash. It operates in real time and connects to the cloud, so users can find nearby opponents, see how they rank against other players worldwide, and track their improvement. Ram raised money initially in crowd-funding on Indiegogo.
Grand Slam finals
Doubles: 1 (1–0)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Winner||2008||Australian Open||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Arnaud Clément
Mixed doubles: 4 (2–2)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||2003||Wimbledon||Grass||Anastasia Rodionova|| Martina Navratilova
|Winner||2006||Wimbledon||Grass||Vera Zvonareva|| Venus Williams
|Winner||2007||French Open||Clay||Nathalie Dechy|| Katarina Srebotnik
|Runner-up||2009||Australian Open||Hard||Nathalie Dechy|| Sania Mirza
ATP career finals
Doubles: 36 (19 titles, 18 runner-ups)
|Win||1–0||Jul 2003||Indianapolis Tennis Championships, US||International||Hard||Mario Ančić|| Diego Ayala
|2–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–5|
|Win||2–0||Sep 2003||Thailand Open, Thailand||International||Hard (i)||Jonathan Erlich|| Andrew Kratzmann
|Win||3–0||Oct 2003||Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, France||International||Carpet (i)||Jonathan Erlich|| Julien Benneteau
|Loss||3–1||Jan 2004||Chennai Open, India||International||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Rafael Nadal
|6–7(3–7), 6–4, 3–6|
|Loss||3–2||Feb 2004||Rotterdam Open, Netherlands||Intl. Gold||Hard (i)||Jonathan Erlich|| 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)||Jonathan Erlich|| Jonas Björkman
|Win||5–2||Feb 2005||Rotterdam Open, Netherlands||Intl. Gold||Hard (i)||Jonathan Erlich|| Cyril Suk
|6–4, 4–6, 6–3|
|Win||6–2||Jun 2005||Nottingham Open, UK||International||Grass||Jonathan Erlich|| Simon Aspelin
|4–6, 6–3, 7–5|
|Loss||6–3||Jul 2005||Los Angeles Open, US||International||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Rick Leach
|Loss||6–4||Aug 2005||Canadian Open, Canada||Masters Series||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Wayne Black
|7–6(7–5), 3–6, 0–6|
|Loss||6–5||Oct 2005||Thailand Open, Thailand||International||Hard (i)||Jonathan Erlich|| Paul Hanley
|6–5(7–5), 1–6, 2–6|
|Loss||6–6||Oct 2005||Vienna Open, Austria||Intl. Gold||Hard (i)||Jonathan Erlich|| Mark Knowles
|Win||7–6||Jan 2006||Adelaide International, Australia||International||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Paul Hanley
|Loss||7–7||Feb 2006||Rotterdam Open, Netherlands||Intl. Gold||Hard (i)||Jonathan Erlich|| Paul Hanley
|Loss||7–8||May 2006||Italian Open, Italy||Masters Series||Clay||Jonathan Erlich|| Mark Knowles
|4–6, 7–5, [11–13]|
|Win||8–8||Jun 2006||Nottingham Open, UK (2)||International||Grass||Jonathan Erlich|| Igor Kunitsyn
|Win||9–8||Aug 2006||Connecticut Open, US||International||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Mariusz Fyrstenberg
|Win||10–8||Oct 2006||Thailand Open, Thailand (2)||International||Hard (i)||Jonathan Erlich|| Andy Murray
|6–2, 2–6, [10–4]|
|Loss||10–9||Mar 2007||Las Vegas Open, US||International||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Bob Bryan
|Loss||10–10||Mar 2007||Indian Wells Masters, US||Masters Series||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Martin Damm
|Loss||10–11||Aug 2007||Washington Open, US||International||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Bob Bryan
|6–7(5–7), 6–3, [7–10]|
|Win||11–11||Aug 2007||Cincinnati Masters, US||Masters Series||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Bob Bryan
|4–6, 6–3, [13–11]|
|Win||12–11||Jan 2008||Australian Open, Australia||Grand Slam||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Arnaud Clément
|Win||13–11||Mar 2008||Indian Wells Masters, US||Masters Series||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Daniel Nestor
|Loss||13–12||Aug 2008||Cincinnati Masters, US||Masters Series||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Bob Bryan
|6–4, 6–7(2–7), [7–10]|
|Win||14–12||Oct 2008||Vienna Open, Austria||Intl. Gold||Hard (i)||Max Mirnyi|| Philipp Petzschner
|Win||15–12||Oct 2008||Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, France (3)||International||Carpet (i)||Michaël Llodra|| Stephen Huss
|6–3, 5–7, [10–8]|
|Loss||15–13||Feb 2009||Open 13, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Julian Knowle|| Arnaud Clément
|6–3, 3–6, [8–10]|
|Loss||15–14||Mar 2009||Indian Wells Masters, US||Masters 1000||Hard||Max Mirnyi|| Mardy Fish
|6–3, 1–6, [12–14]|
|Win||16–14||Apr 2009||Miami Open, US||Masters 1000||Hard||Max Mirnyi|| Ashley Fisher
|6–7(4–7), 6–2, [10–7]|
|Loss||16–15||Aug 2009||Canadian Open, Canada||Masters 1000||Hard||Max Mirnyi|| Mahesh Bhupathi
|Loss||16–16||Nov 2009||ATP World Tour Finals, UK||Tour Finals||Hard (i)||Max Mirnyi|| Bob Bryan
|Loss||16–17||Nov 2010||Paris Masters, France||Masters 1000||Hard (i)||Mark Knowles|| Mahesh Bhupathi
|Win||17–17||Jun 2011||Eastbourne International, UK||250 Series||Grass||Jonathan Erlich|| Grigor Dimitrov
|Win||18–17||Aug 2011||Winston-Salem Open, US||250 Series||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Christopher Kas
|Loss||18–18||Jan 2012||Chennai Open, India||250 Series||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Leander Paes
|Win||19–18||May 2012||Serbia Open, Serbia||250 Series||Clay||Jonathan Erlich|| Martin Emmrich
|4–6, 6–2, [10–6]|
Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||1R||A||2R||3R||2R||3R||W||2R||1R||2R||1R||A||1R||1 / 11||13–10|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||3R||A||2R||3R||3R||1R||SF||1R||2R||2R||A||0 / 9||13–9|
|Wimbledon||A||2R||A||SF||1R||3R||3R||2R||QF||3R||3R||1R||2R||1R||A||0 / 12||17–12|
|US Open||A||1R||A||1R||1R||QF||3R||3R||2R||SF||1R||2R||2R||2R||A||0 / 12||15–12|
|Win–Loss||0–0||1–2||0–1||4–2||3–4||5–3||6–4||7–4||12–3||7–4||6–4||2–4||3–4||2–3||0–1||1 / 44||58–43|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||1R||F||W||F||QF||2R||A||A||A||1 / 8||17–7|
|Miami||A||A||A||A||2R||QF||SF||1R||1R||W||1R||QF||A||A||A||1 / 8||13–7|
|Monte Carlo||A||A||A||A||2R||A||2R||2R||QF||QF||1R||1R||A||A||A||0 / 7||2–7|
|Rome||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||F||2R||2R||QF||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 7||4–7|
|Madrid (Stuttgart)||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||QF||1R||1R||2R||QF||1R||A||A||A||0 / 8||3–8|
|Canada||A||A||A||A||QF||F||2R||SF||2R||F||2R||A||A||A||A||0 / 7||10–7|
|Cincinnati||A||A||A||A||QF||1R||SF||W||F||2R||QF||A||A||A||A||1 / 7||13–6|
|Shanghai||Not Held||2R||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 2||1–2|
|Paris||A||A||A||A||A||QF||1R||1R||QF||2R||F||1R||A||A||A||0 / 7||6–7|
|Hamburg||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||QF||SF||2R||NM1||0 / 5||3–5|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||6–8||8–8||10–9||11–8||10–8||15–8||8–9||3–5||0–0||0–0||0–0||3 / 66||71–63|
|Year End Ranking||178||103||494||31||32||15||13||18||5||9||23||51||53||113||1429|
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