Jonathan Dario "Yoni" Erlich
: יונתן דאריו "יוני" ארליך
, born in Buenos Aires
, April 5, 1977) is a professional Israeli tennis player
. Erlich has reached 26 doubles finals and won 14 of them, mostly with partner Andy Ram
He attained his highest doubles ranking through July 2009, # 5, in July 2008.
Erlich, who is Jewish
, was born in Buenos Aires
. He moved to Haifa
, when he was a one-year-old, and now resides in Tel Aviv
and competes as an Israeli.
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.
Erlich is known as a fan of the football team Maccabi Haifa
Erlich and Ram first competed at Queen's Club
in June 2001. In 2002, in singles Erlich defeated world # 64 ranked Adrian Voinea
of Romania, 6–2, 6–3, in Indianapolis.
The Israeli duo's best achievement was reaching the semifinal of the Wimbledon championships
in 2003. They defeated No. 2 seeded Mark Knowles
and Daniel Nestor
in straight sets, 7–6 (10–8), 7–6 (7–2), 7–6 (9–7), before losing in the semifinals to defending Wimbledon champions Jonas Björkman