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Andy Ram and Nathalie Dechy
Andy Ram, Israel’s doubles match tennis star, proved once again that he can bring it home again. For the second time in two years, Andy, together with his French tennis partner, Nathalie Dechy, won the Grand Slam trophy in the mixed doubles championship at the renown Roland Garros tournament, known to all as the French Open.

Besides achieving the glory of winning ‘the silver cup’ the duo will split a prize of 70,000 Euros.

Ranked at number 8 Seed in doubles ranking, Ram and Dechy defeated no. 5 Seed ranked Katarina Srebotnik and Serbian Nenad Zimonjic in a blistering 7-5, 6-3 performance that afterwards had even Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert calling to offer his congratulations. For Ram, this feat marks the second time in a year to win this trophy, have done it previously just a year before with Russian partner Vera Zvonareva.

Ram’s performance helped end the tournament, known to all in the ‘circuit’ as the “prelude to Wimbledon” assured the duo of an invitation to what many consider as the most acclaimed European professional tournament of the season with only the U.S Open remaining afterwards. Ram and Dechy appear to enjoy playing together; which, as said in his words: “and when that happens, you win titles”.

Israel’s star female tennis player, 15th Seed Shahar Peer, made it to the quarter finals, but lost to Russian player Svetlana Kuzentsvou 6-4, 6-3. Sahar’s former nemesis, American Serena Williams also didn’t make it past the Semi-Finals, losing to the No. 1 Seed, Belgian Justine Henin.

For Ram, this is a great victory for the 27 year old player, not only for him for Israeli tennis, whose young players appear to be improving in their international rankings. He was reported as saying that Dechy had asked him if he would like to team up with at Wimbledon. “Let’s see how things turn out at Roland Garros” was his reply.

As it turned out, ‘things’ turned out excellently for both of them; and we wish them much success both at England’s historic hard clay courts and afterwards as well.

1 Comment

  1. Mazeltove to Andy Ram.

    I hope he and his partner do well on Wimbledon’s grass courts 🙂

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