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Hicham Arazi (Arabic: هشام أرازي‎; born 19 October 1973) is a former male tennis player from Morocco. He played professionally from 1993 to the end of 2007. The left-hander reached his career-high ATP Tour singles ranking of world No. 22 on November 5, 2001. During his career, Arazi captured one singles title, in Casablanca. "The Moroccan Magician" reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open twice and the French Open twice. As well as the aforementioned nickname, some tennis analysts called him "The Moroccan McEnroe" due to his talent - he played with incredible touch, and often enjoyed the support of the crowd even when not at home. He led Patrick Rafter, winner of the US Open in 1997 and 1998, two sets to love during the first round of the latter tournament. In the third set he was upset with several line calls, telling umpire Norm Chryst to "get out of here", which sparked the beginning of Arazi's meltdown (and Rafter's comeback).[1] During his career, he notably gained victories over former World No. 1s and Grand Slam champions Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moyá and Jim Courier.

Hicham Arazi
هشام أرازي
Hicham Arazi.jpg
Country (sports) Morocco
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1973-10-19) 19 October 1973 (age 45)
Casablanca, Morocco
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1993
Retired2007
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,602,644
Singles
Career record221–226
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 22 (5 November 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (2000, 2004)
French OpenQF (1997, 1998)
Wimbledon3R (1998, 2000, 2001, 2004)
US Open3R (1999, 2000, 2001)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (1996, 2004)
Doubles
Career record37–60
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 144 (21 June 2004)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2004)
French Open1R (2001, 2004)
Wimbledon2R (2003)
US Open1R (2003, 2004)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open1R (1999)

ATP Masters Series finalsEdit

Singles (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Tournament Opponent Score
Runner-up 2001 Monte Carlo   Gustavo Kuerten 3–6, 2–6, 4–6

Career finalsEdit

Legend
Grand Slam
Tennis Masters Cup
ATP Masters Series
ATP Tour

Singles (1 title, 2 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 24 March 1997 Casablanca, Morocco Clay   Franco Squillari 3–6, 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 14 June 1999 Merano, Italy Clay   Fernando Vicente 2–6, 6–3, 6–7
Runner-up 3. 16 April 2001 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Gustavo Kuerten 3–6, 2–6, 4–6

Doubles (2 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 24 March 1997 Casablanca, Morocco Clay   Karim Alami   João Cunha e Silva
  Nuno Marques
6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 8 September 1997 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard   Eyal Ran   Vincenzo Santopadre
  Vince Spadea
4–6, 7–6, 0–6

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 4R 1R QF 1R 2R 1R QF A 0 / 8 12–8
French Open A A QF QF 3R 3R 2R 3R 2R 1R A 0 / 8 16–8
Wimbledon A 2R 1R 3R 1R 3R 3R 1R 1R 3R A 0 / 9 9–9
US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 3R 3R 2R 2R 2R A 0 / 10 9–10
Win–Loss 0–1 1–2 4–4 9–4 4–4 10–4 5–4 4–4 2–4 7–4 0–0 0 / 35 46–35
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A 2R QF 1R A A 3R 1R 0 / 5 6–5
Miami A A A A 1R 2R 2R 3R A 1R A 0 / 5 2–5
Monte Carlo A A 1R 2R 3R 2R F 2R A 1R A 0 / 7 10–7
Hamburg A A QF 3R 3R 1R 3R 1R A 1R A 0 / 7 9–7
Rome A A 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R A 2R A 0 / 7 5–7
Canada A A A A A 1R 3R A A 1R A 0 / 3 2–3
Cincinnati A 1R A A A 2R 3R A 3R 2R A 0 / 5 6–5
Madrid1 A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R A A 1R A 0 / 6 3–6
Paris A A 1R 1R A A QF A QF 1R A 0 / 5 6–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 4–5 4–5 6–6 6–8 18–9 2–4 5–2 4–9 0–1 0 / 50 49–50
Year End Ranking 141 79 38 36 36 30 25 90 52 62 897

1This event was held in Essen in 1995, and in Stuttgart from 1996 through 2001.

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