(1980 - )
Andy Ram is a Uruguayan-born Israeli professional tennis player. He has represented Israel in three Olympic games.
Ram was born on April 10, 1980, in Uruguay and became a professional tennis player in 1996 at
the age of 16, but did not compete in a Grand Slam tournament until
2001. His reputation was made in Wimbledon 2003, when Andy was one of
the most successful players in the tournament, reaching the semifinals
in men's doubles and the final in mixed doubles (the first Israeli to
advance to a Wimbledon final). Ram and Jonathen Erlich won the Thailand
Open in September and the Lyon tournament on October 12, 2003, and thus
began a series of tournament victories. They won first place in Indianapolis,
Istanbul, India, Rotterdam and Milan. At his peak, Ram was ranked 19th
in the world (April 2004) and is ranked 27th as of August 9, 2004.
Ram and Erlich were considered among the favorites
in the 2004 Olympic doubles event, as they were ranked 8th overall.
They did well in the first round, defeating Thomas Enqvist and Robin
Soderling of Sweden 7-5, 6-3 on August 16. The duo were favored to beat
Russians Igor Andreev and Nikolay Davydenko in the second round. The
Russians broke Ram and Erlich's serve in the very first game, but the
Israeli's recovered to win in two sets 6-4, 6-1. The Israeli duo played
Germans Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schuettler in the quarterfinals and
started well. Ram and Erlich broke the Teutonic serve at 3-2 in the
first set and again at 5-2. However after an excellent first set, the
Israeli's were dominated by Kiefer and Schuettler. Ram and Erlich were
eliminated in three sets 6-2, 2-6, 2-6.
In 2006, Ram became the first Israeli tennis player to win a grand slam title when he captured the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon with his Russian partner, Vera Zvonareva.
In 2008, Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich became the first Israeli doubles tennis team to win a Grand Slam tennis title. The pair, seeded eighth, defeated the seventh-seeded French duo, Arnaud Clement and Michael Llorda in the Australian Open in Melbourne. Erlich and Ram again competed together in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Erlich and Ram made their third straight doubles appearance, however, they lost in the quarterfinals yet again, this time to top ranked Americans, Mike and Bob Ryan.
Sources: Jews In
Sports; Washington Jewish Week ( August 31, 2006), JTA (January 27, 2008); WIkipedia