HotRam wins again

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY SI­MON GRIVER

ANDY Ram, Is­rael’s most suc­cess­ful player, claimed his 15th ti­tle af­ter pair­ing up with French­man Michael Llo­dra to win the men’s dou­bles at the Lyon Grand Prix.

The victory was Ram’s sec­ond in three weeks af­ter winning the Vi­enna Tro­phy with Max Mirnyi of Be­larus. Next week, he will team up with Brazil­ian Bruno Soares at the Paris Mas­ters.

Fel­low Is­raeli Jonathan Erlich, his reg­u­lar part­ner, this week re­turned to full train­ing in a bid to get fit for the end of sea­son Shang­hai Mas­ters for the world’s top eight dou­bles seeds start­ing Novem­ber 10.

Erlich, 31, has been side­lined with an in­jured el­bow for two months but dis­missed ru­mours that he is con­tem­plat­ing re­tire­ment.

“I love ten­nis and love play­ing ten­nis and still feel I have a lot of goals to achieve, even though we are ranked num­ber three in the world,” he said. “I can’t wait to get back. I’ll cer­tainly be there with Andy in Mel­bourne in Jan­uary de­fend­ing our Aus­tralian Open ti­tle.

“Th­ese past few months have been dif­fi­cult but it’s made me very happy to see Andy do­ing so well without me.”

Ram is only el­i­gi­ble to play in Shang­hai with Erlich and the Is­raeli pair have a ma­jor fi­nan­cial in­cen­tive to be in China with ap­pear­ance fees of $25,000 each and $7,500 for ev­ery victory.

Sha­har Peer has ap­pointed the Peru­vian Pablo Gi­a­copelli as her new coach, her third of the year. Peer has had a dis­as­trous year slip­ping from 19 to 38 in the WTA rank­ings.

Dudi Sela (86) has with­drawn from the re­main­ing tour­na­ments this year through tired­ness.

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