Erlich absence no excuse for Israel Davis Cup captain

With Yoni Erlich out injured, Israel Davis cup captain Eyal Ran believes home-court advantage could prove to be crucial in this weekend’s Group tie against Slovenia at the Drive-in arena in Tel Aviv.

Erlich underwent surgery on Monday to repair a meniscus tear suffered in the Wimbledon doubles quarterfinal last week and will be out for 4-6 weeks.

The injury came at a particularly frustrat ing time for the 38-year-old, who was limited by the tear in the Wimbledon semifinals, a match he lost with German partner Philipp Petzschner. Erlich was hoping to build on reaching just his third Grand Slam semifinal, but is now set to miss most of the North American hard-court season in the lead-up to the US Open.


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