So the Australian Open is over (boo! hiss!) but I know the highlight for you was the same as it was for me, the triumph of the Israeli Men’s Doubles team, Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich, over some other people. Oh, I’m kidding. The highlight was actually their press conference. A few gems below.
Q. Thoughts on the first Israeli partnership to win a Grand Slam tournament?
ANDY RAM: It’s an unbelievable moment. It’s a great, great moment for us. I won two Grand Slams in mixed. This happiness, I mean, it’s not even close to what I had during Wimbledon 2006 or French 2007. This is way over the expectations.
I mean, winning with one of my best friends, partner for years.
JONATHAN ERLICH: I thought I’m your best friend.
Q. Did you talk to the Prime Minister yet?
ANDY RAM: We got a call. Actually, they left me a message to call him back and I couldn’t reach him.
JONATHAN ERLICH: That’s the Israeli way. The prime minister asked us to call him back.
Q. Shahar [Peer, the Israeli tennis player] is going to Doha. Are you going to do the same thing? Is that a good thing for tennis?
(note from Becca: Israelis aren’t allowed in Dubai)
JONATHAN ERLICH: I’m not afraid.
ANDY RAM: He’s not afraid to go there; he’s afraid not to come back.
Q. Do you think Israelis appreciate the greatness of winning a Grand Slam?
JONATHAN ERLICH: Definitely. The follow‑up that we had during the two weeks and even now, I mean, they even bought the rights for this, especially for this. The Israeli channel didn’t show it all the tournament. The main channel, channel No. ‑‑
ANDY RAM: 2.
JONATHAN ERLICH: Doesn’t matter.
ANDY RAM: He’s a little bit drunk. It’s okay.
Only a little bit? I’m shocked. Anyway, that’s all for the Aussie Open for this year. Hope you got more sleep than I did. They really have to fix that whole 16 hours ahead thing.