Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich were knocked out in the first round of the Mexican Open in Acapulco on Monday in their first match together since November.
Ram and Erlich have rarely teamed-up in the past year-and-a-half, but decided to play together in Acapulco to prepare for next weekend’s Davis Cup World Group first round tie in Chile.
However, the duo was handed a tough first round draw and after exactly one hour dropped to a 6-2, 6-4 loss and was knocked out by No. 2 seeds, Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares.
Dudi Sela and Harel Levy are also in Mexico, with Sela losing 6-1, 7-6 (0) to Nicolas Almagro in the first round on Tuesday and Levy falling in the final round of qualifying on Sunday.
Former two-time champion Carlos Moya lost in the first round for the first time at the Mexican Open, falling 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to Richard Gasquet.
Moya won at Acapulco in 2002 and 2004 and was runner-up in 2007. But returning from an injury-riddled 2009, Moya, given a wild-card entry, didn’t quite have enough to finish off Gasquet, whom he’d never lost to previously.
Gasquet led 4-0 in the last set and claimed all four of his break chances in the last two sets.
“I am obviously disappointed,” Moya said. “I had the match on my racket, I only needed to close it. I am very happy however with my game level for the first set and a half. Gasquet was able to take advantage of the few opportunities he had to turn the match around.” AP contributed to this report