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Eric Friedler

Eric Friedler

German film director, screenwriter and journalist
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Intro German film director, screenwriter and journalist
Countries Germany
Occupations Film director Screenwriter Journalist Writer
Gender male
Birth 20 June 1971 (Sydney)
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Eric Friedler (born September 8, 1954) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.


Friedler grew up in Chicago and attended Evanston Township High School. From 1972 to 1976 he was at the University of Michigan, where he played on the varsity tennis team. He was an All-American collegiate player in 1975 and a two-time Big Ten Doubles Champion. Following graduation he competed professionally on tour, until 1980.

During his career he competed in all four Grand Slam tournaments, in either singles or doubles. Most of his doubles appearances were with Jerry Karzen, including his only main draw entry at Wimbledon in 1977. He was runner-up in the doubles at a Grand Prix tournament in Lafayette in 1979, with Victor Amaya. In singles his best result was a semi-final in Atlanta in 1979, when managed wins over Ferdi Taygan, Rick Meyer and David Schneider. In 1980 he had an upset win in Cincinnati over Peter Fleming, who was the defending champion.

After leaving professional tennis he completed a law degree at the University of Chicago Law School.

In 1993, at the age of 38, he was a member of the American team which competed in the Maccabiah Games.

He now runs a construction company in Chicago.

Grand Prix career finals

Doubles: 1 (0–1)

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 1979 Lafayette, U. S. Carpet United States Victor Amaya United States Marty Riessen
United States Sherwood Stewart
4–6, 4–6

Challenger titles

Doubles: (2)

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 1978 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard Austria Peter Feigl United States Mike Fishbach
Netherlands Tom Okker
6–3, 6–7, 6–3
2. 1979 Montgomery, U. S. Hard United States Erik van Dillen United States Tom Leonard
United States Jerry Van Linge
4–6, 6–3, 7–6

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