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Israel's tennis ace by: Leslie Bunder
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Jonathan Erlich
Jonathan Erlich

Originally from Buenos Aires in Argentina, 29-year-old Jonathan Erlich is one of the leading names in Israeli tennis.

Having turned pro at the age of 19 in 1996, Erlich nicknamed Yoni, along with doubles partner Andy Ram put Israeli tennis on the map in 2003 when they reached the semi-final of Wimbledon. Also in the same year, Erlich and Ram scored their first doubles title at the Thailand Open.
 
In 2004, at the Olympic Games in Athens, the duo reached the quarter final.

Since turning pro, he has amassed winnings of over $500,000 and travelled the world.
 
Erlich, a right hand player took a an interest in tennis at an early age. When he was three he started playing and by the time he hit seven, he played his first tournament.

Since then it has been success after success winning various tournaments across the world, though of course there have also been a few setbacks along the way.

But Erlich, appears to relish the opportunity playing doubles tennis and in showing the world that Israel can play on a professional level.

"It means so much to our people back home to do well. I want to make our country proud, he told the Canadian Jewish News in 2005 when taking part in Tennis Masters Toronto.



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