Doubles specialist Andy Ram announces retirement


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Doubles specialist Andy Ram announces retirement

Former triple Grand Slam doubles champion (twice mixed and once men's) Andy Ram has announced that he will be retiring in September after Israel's Davis Cup play off against Argentina. Quoting daviscup.com Ram said the following to an audience in Tel Avive:- "The time has come, today is the day, it is time to hang up the rackets after a long career," "I have been involved in tennis since the age of five and today I'm 34, it has been a very long path during which I have experienced many things and I would not exchange them for anything...

all the injuries, the victories, I will never forget them” Throughout Ram's career he is known for his doubles partnership with countryman Jonathan Erlich. Together the pairing has won the Austrailian Open Doubles title in 2008 as well as 15 ATP titles.

This success has lead them having the nickname “AndiYoni”. Ram was also successful in the mixed doubles where he reached four Grand Slam finals in which he won two one them (Wimbledon 2006 with Vera Zvonareva and 2007 French Open with Nathalie Dechy).

He is also a key part of the Israeli Davis cup team with a current win loss of 19-7 in doubles and 3-5 in singles. Ram's career has been mainly focused on the doubles but he did has some success in the singles early on in his career.

He achieved a ranking high of 187 in 2000 and won 4 titles (3 ITF and 1 Challenger). He only qualified for one Grand Slam singles main draw in which he lost in the first round to Andrei Pavel at Wimbledon back in 2004. According to itftennis.com Ram's current career win-loss is 135-115 in singles and 524-317 doubles.