Eric Jelen

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEric•Jelen
Used nameEric•Jelen
Born11 March 1965 in Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz (GER)
Measurements184 cm / 77 kg
AffiliationsBlau-Weiß Neuss
NOC West Germany


West German tennis player Eric Jelen lost both his first round matches at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He was beaten in the singes by the eventual champion Miloslav Mečíř and was also eliminated in his first match in the doubles with Carl-Uwe Steeb. In 1989, Jelen won his only professional tournament in Bristol. His highest world ranking was number 23 in 1986 in the singles, and number 18 in 1989 in the doubles.

Domestically, Jelen won the indoor national title in 1985-87, and the national team title 1984-88. In 1988 and 1989 Jelen was on the German Davis Cup-winning teams. He later became sporting director at a sport events and marketing agency. In 2010 he was appointed consultant and coach at Tennisverband Niederrhein.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Summer Olympics Tennis FRG Eric Jelen
Singles, Men (Olympic) =33
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Carl-Uwe Steeb =17