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Ehrlichs leave with extra baggage

Posted: 03-Jan-2012 by Maccabi National

Masters tennis player Paul Ehrlich was the last man standing for Team Australia, wrapping up the sporting action on Monday by claiming silver in the masters mens doubles final alongside his Argentine partner.

The second-placed finish was Paul's fourth medal of the Games, and wrapped a stellar tournament for Australia on the court - where Paul and David Sofaer won gold together, and both also claimed silver in their singles matches. Lauren, with Paul, took home bronze in the masters mixed doubles and Noah also takes a bronze back with him.  

“I think the Games have been absolutely fantastic,” Paul said.

“The tennis tournament has been run so smoothly and professionally.

“The highlight for me, of course, was winning the gold medal in the mens open, playing with David Sofaer – who is clearly an outstanding tennis prospect.

“It was a real buzz to move from the masters tennis style into the wham bam ferocity of the younger guys. The standard was unbelievable and I was fortunate to be playing with such a great partner.”

The Ehrlich’s were star performers for Team Australia in all three age groups, with Noah impressing everyone with his run in the juniors, playing against players older and bigger than him.

Paul and wife Lauren also got to take to the court together – something they haven’t done before competitively.

“It was really cool to be able to play in the mixed doubles with my wife Lauren. To get to the semi-finals of that event and be beaten by the eventual tournament winners, was a great effort.

“To spend time playing tennis with the family and watching my young son Noah do so well was a great experience.”

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