(; born April 10, 1980) is a professional tennis
player from Israel
, and the first Israeli tennis player to win a seniors Grand Slam
event (mixed doubles title at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships
, together with Vera Zvonareva
). He plays more doubles than singles as he prefers doubles more and wins more matches. He uses a Wilson racquet and is sponsored by Fila for his attire.
He attained his highest doubles ranking through July 2009, # 5, in July 2008. He reached 28 doubles finals and won 15 of them through 2008, mostly with partner Jonathan Erlich
; together, they are known in Israel as "AndiYoni".
Ram, born in Montevideo
, is Jewish
. His father Amiram, a former professional soccer player for Betar Jerusalem
in the 1950s, is 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. He has an older brother and a younger sister. They moved to Jerusalem, Israel when he was 5, 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... Read More