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Malek Jaziri (Arabic: مالك الجزيري‎, romanizedMālik al-Jazīrī; born January 20, 1984) is a professional Tunisian tennis player. He reached the final of Istanbul in 2018, the semifinals of Moscow in 2012, Winston-Salem in 2015, Dubai in 2018 and the quarterfinals of Dubai in 2014.

Malek Jaziri
مالك الجزيري
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Malek Jaziri in 2017
Country (sports) Tunisia
ResidenceTunis, Tunisia
Born (1984-01-20) January 20, 1984 (age 35)
Bizerte, Tunisia
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro2003
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand) *occasionally uses one-handed backhand
CoachChristophe Freyss
Prize moneyUS$3,646,708
Singles
Career record94–127 (42.53%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 42 (7 January 2019)
Current rankingNo. 90 (29 april 2019)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2015, 2017)
French Open2R (2012, 2016, 2018)
Wimbledon2R (2012)
US Open2R (2011, 2017)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2012)
Doubles
Career record28–52 (35%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 74 (29 april 2019)
Current rankingNo. 78 (13 may 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2019)
French Open2R (2017)
Wimbledon2R (2015, 2016)
US OpenSF (2018)
Last updated on: 13 may 2019.

Contents

Career overviewEdit

Jaziri reached his highest individual ranking on the ATP Tour of world no. 42 in January 2019. He appeared in the qualifying draw at the 2010 Australian Open, losing in the first round to Michał Przysiężny of Poland. He primarily plays on the Futures circuit and the Challenger circuit. Jaziri qualified for the 2011 US Open, defeating Brian Dabul, Michael Ryderstedt, and Guillaume Rufin in the qualifying draw. This was the first time Jaziri played in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament. In the first round, Jaziri defeated world no. 159 Thiemo de Bakker in four sets. Jaziri lost to world no. 8 Mardy Fish in the second round. Jaziri has been coached by Tunisian legend Haythem Abid on and off throughout his career.

In 2012, he kicked off his year at the ATP 250 event in Doha and pushed world no. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to three sets in the first round. He fell in the first round of qualifying at the Australian Open to Tim Smyczek. He then reached three Challenger finals in Quimper, Kyoto, and Pingguo to break into the top 100 for the first time.

In his clay season, he made the semifinals in the Barletta Challenger and played his first Roland Garros main draw, winning his first-round match over German Philipp Petzschner before losing a tight second-round match to Spaniard Marcel Granollers, missing two match points.

On grass, he reached the second round in his Wimbledon debut (lost to Kohlschreiber) and also the second round at the London Olympics (lost to John Isner).

He lost in the US Open first round, but later had his best result on the ATP World Tour when he reached the semifinals of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow (lost to eventual champion Andreas Seppi) to become the first Tunisian male to reach the semifinals of an ATP event.

In 2013, Jaziri started off the year in Dubai, where he faced 17-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer and lost in three tight sets.

Jaziri started off 2015 making his first appearance at the Australian Open main draw, and beating Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin and France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin, making him the first Arab male tennis player to make it to the third round of a Grand Slam in over a decade. Jaziri then lost in the third round to Australian teen Nick Kyrgios.

Jaziri has been a member of the Tunisia Davis Cup team since 2000, posting an 18–12 record in singles and a 7–10 record in doubles in 29 ties.

2018Edit

In 2018 he played against Gilles Müller at the Australian Open. At Dubai Tennis Championships, Jaziri stunned top seed and then world no. 4 Grigor Dimitrov to register his first win against a top-10 player.[2] Jaziri made his first ATP final at the 2018 Istanbul Open, where he plays Japanese-American Taro Daniel, also in his maiden final.

ControversiesEdit

2013Edit

Jaziri was embroiled in a controversial political incident, in which he withdrew from a tournament rather than play an Israeli player.[3] In the October 2013 Tashkent Challenger, tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, he was slated to play Israeli Amir Weintraub in the quarterfinals.[4] But the Tunisian tennis federation ordered Jaziri by email to withdraw from the match, and he did so.[4][3]

Weintraub said that Jaziri is "a good friend," and that "he really wanted to play."[4] Israel Tennis Association CEO Shlomo Glickstein said: "It is sad to me that these kinds of things still happen. I feel bad for the athletes who find themselves embroiled in such situations, which end up hurting their careers.”[4]

Jaziri was cleared of wrongdoing by the ATP, but the International Tennis Federation (ITF) found that the Tunisian Tennis Federation breached the ITF constitution by ordering him not to compete. The organization barred Tunisia from competing in the 2014 Davis Cup.[5] ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti said: "There is no room for prejudice of any kind in sport or in society. The ITF Board decided to send a strong message to the Tunisian Tennis Federation that this kind of action will not be tolerated by any of our members."[5]

2015Edit

In February 2015, Jaziri was again embroiled in a controversial political incident when he withdrew from a tournament before facing Israeli players.[6][7] He withdrew from both the singles and doubles events at the Open Sud de France, citing an elbow injury, after winning his first set in his singles match against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.[6] Had Jaziri won, he would have been scheduled to face Israeli Dudi Sela in the next round. In the doubles event, he and Spanish partner Marc López would have faced Israeli opponent Jonathan Erlich and František Čermák of the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.[6]

The ATP said that they had confirmed with on-site medical staff that Jaziri's elbow injury was genuine, but opened an inquiry, stating: "Given a previous incident involving the player's national federation in 2013, we are looking into any wider circumstances of his withdrawal as a matter of prudence."[6] On February 10, the ATP closed its investigation after extensive discussions with Jaziri and medical staff, saying it was satisfied that Jaziri had a legitimate medical reason to retire from the event.[8]

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 May 2018 Istanbul Open, Turkey 250 Series Clay   Taro Daniel 6–7(4–7), 4–6

Future and Challenger finalsEdit

Singles: 35 (17–18)Edit

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (8–6)
ITF Futures Tour (9–12)
Titles by Surface
Hard (13–9)
Clay (3–8)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jun 2004 Tunisia F2, Tunis Futures Clay   Dimitri Lorin 6–0, 0–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss 0–2 Nov 2004 Tunisia F4, Sfax Futures Hard   Ilija Bozoljac 5–7, 6–3, 5–7
Loss 0–3 May 2005 Italy F13, Grottaglie Futures Clay   Andrey Golubev 3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 1–3 Jun 2005 Tunisia F3, Nabeul Futures Clay   Petar Popović 1–6, 6–2, 6–3
Loss 1–4 Aug 2005 Iran F1, Tehran Futures Clay   Philipp Müllner 3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Loss 1–5 Aug 2005 Iran F2, Tehran Futures Clay   Benjamin Balleret 4–6, 0–3 RET
Loss 1–6 Feb 2006 France F2, Feucherolles Futures Hard (i)   Slimane Saoudi 7–5, 6–7(6–8), 3–6
Win 2–6 Dec 2006 Tunisia F7, Mégrine Futures Hard   Blaž Kavčič 4–6, 6–1, 6–4
Loss 2–7 May 2009 Kuwait F1, Meshref Futures Hard   Mohammad Ghareeb 4–6, 4–6
Loss 2–8 May 2009 Kuwait F2, Meshref Futures Hard   Mohammad Ghareeb 3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss 2–9 Jun 2009 Tunisia F1, Hammamet Futures Clay   Reda El Amrani 0–6, 3–6
Win 3–9 Jun 2009 Tunisia F3, Kelibia Futures Hard   Mohamed Haythem Abid 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 7–6(7–5)
Win 4–9 Jul 2009 Georgia F2, Tbilisi Futures Clay   David Savić 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 4–10 Mar 2010 Italy F2, Rome Futures Clay   Andreas Haider-Maurer 3–6, 5–7
Loss 4–11 Jun 2010 Tunisia F1, Tunis Futures Clay   Sergio Gutiérrez Ferrol 4–6, 2–6
Win 5–11 Jun 2010 Tunisia F2, Sfax Futures Hard   Laurent Rochette 6–4, 6–3
Win 6–11 Oct 2010 Spain F36, Córdoba Futures Hard   Pablo Carreño Busta 6–4, 5–7, 6–4
Loss 6–12 Feb 2011 Colombia F1, Cartagena Futures Hard   Gastão Elias 3–6, 3–6
Win 7–12 May 2011 Great Britain F7, Newcastle Futures Clay   Yannick Mertens 6–3, 6–4
Win 8–12 Jul 2011 Great Britain F8, Manchester Futures Grass   Rudy Coco 7–6(7–3), 4–6, 6–2
Win 9–12 Aug 2011 Kazakhstan F4, Almaty Futures Hard   Denys Molchanov 6–3, 6–2
Loss 9–13 Aug 2011 Samarkand, Uzbekistan Challenger Clay   Denis Istomin 6–7(2–7), 0–0 RET
Win 10–13 Nov 2011 Geneva, Switzerland Challenger Hard (i)   Mischa Zverev 4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Loss 10–14 Feb 2012 Quimper, France Challenger Hard (i)   Igor Sijsling 3–6, 4–6
Loss 10–15 Mar 2012 Kyoto, Japan Challenger Carpet (i)   Tatsuma Ito 7–6(7–5), 1–6, 2–6
Loss 10–16 Mar 2012 Pingguo, China Challenger Hard   Go Soeda 1–6, 6–3, 5–7
Win 11–16 Nov 2013 Geneva, Switzerland Challenger Hard   Jan-Lennard Struff 6–4, 6–3
Loss 11–17 Feb 2014 Dallas, United States Challenger Hard (i)   Steve Johnson 4–6, 4–6
Loss 11–18 Sep 2014 İzmir, Turkey Challenger Hard   Borna Ćorić 1–6, 7–6(9–7), 4–6
Win 12–18 Oct 2015 Rennes, France Challenger Hard (i)   Igor Sijsling 5–7, 7–5, 6–4
Win 13–18 Mar 2016 Guadalajara, Mexico Challenger Hard   Stéphane Robert 5–7, 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Win 14–18 Apr 2016 Le Gosier, Guadeloupe Challenger Hard   Stefan Kozlov 6–2, 6–4
Win 15–18 Sep 2016 Istanbul, Turkey Challenger Hard   Dudi Sela 1–6, 6–1, 6–0
Win 16–18 Sep 2017 Istanbul, Turkey Challenger Hard   Matteo Berrettini 7–6(7–4), 0–6, 7–5
Win 17–18 Mar 2018 Qujing, China Challenger Hard   Blaž Rola 7–6(7–5), 6–1

Doubles 17 (11–6)Edit

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (2–3)
ITF Futures Tour (9–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (6–3)
Clay (5–2)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Feb 2003 Nigeria F1, Benin City Futures Hard   Walid Jallali   Andrew Anderson
  Willem-Petrus Meyer
3–6, 6–4 RET
Win 2–0 May 2003 Morocco F1, Agadir Futures Clay   Walid Jallali   Julien Couly
  Sunil Kumar Sipaeya
7–6(7–5), 6–2
Win 3–0 Feb 2004 France F3, Bressuire Futures Hard (i)   Issam Jellali   Eric Butorac
  Petar Popović
6–1, 7–6(7–5)
Win 4–0 Dec 2004 Tunisia F6, Mégrine Futures Hard   Mohamed Haythem Abid   Boštjan Ošabnik
  Grega Žemlja
7–6(7–3), 6–3
Win 5–0 Jun 2005 Tunisia F1, Tunis Futures Clay   Mohamed Haythem Abid   Colin Fleming
  Alexander Satschko
6–4, 6–2
Loss 5–1 Jun 2005 Tunisia F2, Hammamet Futures Clay   Mohamed Haythem Abid   Wael Kilani
  Fares Zaier
2–6, 6–4, 5–7
Win 6–1 Jun 2008 Tunisia F1, Sousse Futures Clay   Walid Jallali   Frédéric de Fays
  Germain Gigounon
5–7, 7–6(7–4), [15–13]
Win 7–1 Sep 2008 France F15, Plaisir Futures Hard (i)   Rabie Chaki   Thomas Oger
  Alexandre Penaud
6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Win 8–1 Feb 2009 Morocco F2, Rabat Futures Clay   Lamine Ouahab   Omar Erramy
  Younès Rachidi
6–1, 6–3
Loss 8–2 Feb 2010 Morocco F2, Rabat Futures Clay   Lamine Ouahab   David Savić
  Denis Zivkovic
4–6, 1–6
Win 9–2 May 2011 Great Britain F7, Newcastle Futures Clay   Carles Poch Gradin   Pablo Martín-Adalia
  Morgan Phillips
6–1, 7–6(7–3)
Loss 9–3 Jul 2011 Great Britain F8, Manchester Futures Grass   Albano Olivetti   Chris Eaton
  Josh Goodall
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 10–3 Jul 2011 Penza, Russia Challenger Hard   Arnau Brugués-Davi   Sergei Bubka
  Adrián Menéndez Maceiras
6–7(6–8), 6–2, [10–8]
Loss 10–4 Jul 2011 Astana, Kazakhstan Challenger Hard (i)   Arnau Brugués-Davi   Konstantin Kravchuk
  Denys Molchanov
6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–1), [3–10]
Win 11–4 Sep 2013 Fergana, Uzbekistan Challenger Hard   Farrukh Dustov   Ilija Bozoljac
  Roman Jebavý
6–3, 6–3
Loss 11–5 Sep 2014 İzmir, Turkey Challenger Hard   Alexander Kudryavtsev   Ken Skupski
  Neal Skupski
1–6, 4–6
Loss 11–6 Sep 2015 İzmir, Turkey Challenger Hard   Denys Molchanov   Saketh Myneni
  Divij Sharan
6–7(5–7), 6–4, [1–0] RET

Performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A Q1 A Q1 3R 1R 3R 2R 1R 0 / 5 5–5
French Open A 2R Q2 Q2 1R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 5 3–5
Wimbledon A 2R Q3 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 6 1–6
US Open 2R 1R Q3 Q2 1R 1R 2R 1R 0 / 6 2–6
Win–Loss 1–1 2–3 0–0 0–1 2–4 1–4 3–4 2–4 0–1 0 / 22 11–22

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R A 1R A 3R 0 / 3 2–3
French Open A A A A 1R 2R A 0 / 2 1–2
Wimbledon 1R A A 2R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 5 2–5
US Open A A A A 1R 2R SF 0 / 3 5–3
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–3 2–4 4–2 2-1 0 / 13 10–13

Record against top-10 playersEdit

Jaziri's record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with active players in boldface.

Player Years Matches Record Win% Hard Grass Clay Carpet Last Match
Number 1 ranked players
  Andy Murray 2017 1 0–1 0.0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (4–6, 1–6) at 2017 Dubai 1st Round
  Roger Federer 2013–2016 2 0–2 0.0% 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (3–6, 5–7) at 2016 Halle 2nd Round
  Novak Djokovic 2016 1 0–1 0.0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (1–6, 2–6) at 2016 Dubai 2nd Round
Number 3 ranked players
  Alexander Zverev 2016–2018 5 2–3 40.0% 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 Won (7–6(7–4), 2–6, 6–4) at 2018 Beijing 2nd Round
  Grigor Dimitrov 2018 2 1–1 50.0% 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 Lost (5–7, 6–3, 6–7(8–10)) at 2018 Barcelona 3rd Round
  Stan Wawrinka 2017 1 0–1 0.0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (3–6, 4–6) at 2017 Miami 3rd Round
  David Ferrer 2019 1 0–1 0.0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 Lost (6–7(13–15), 3–6) at 2019 Buenos Aires 1st Round
  Milos Raonic 2016–2018 2 0–2 0.0% 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (3–6, 5–7) at 2018 Cincinnati 2nd Round
  Marin Čilić 2014–2018 2 1–1 50.0% 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 6–2) at 2018 Istanbul 2nd Round
Number 4 ranked players
  Tomáš Berdych 2016 1 0–1 0.0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 Lost (1–6, 6–2, 2–6, 4–6) at 2016 Roland Garros 2nd Round
  Dominic Thiem 2015 1 0–1 0.0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (3–6, 1–6) at 2015 Nottingham 2nd Round
Number 5 ranked players
  Tommy Robredo 2016 1 0–1 0.0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (5–7, 6–3, 6–4, 6–7(7–9), 6–8) at 2016 Australian Open 1st Round
  Kevin Anderson 2012–2017 6 1–5 16.6% 1–3 0–0 0–2 0–0 Lost (4–6, 1–6) at 2017 Washington 2nd Round
  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2012–2016 2 0–2 0.0% 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–4, 5–7, 3–6) at 2016 Summer Olympics 1st Round
Number 6 ranked players
  Gilles Simon 2014–2019 5 0–5 0.0% 0–4 0–0 0–1 0–0 Lost (3–6, 7–6(8–6), 4–6) at 2019 Indian Wells 2nd Round
  Gaël Monfils 2014 1 0–1 0.0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–7(5–7), 5–7, 4–6) at 2014 Wimbledon 1st Round
Number 7 ranked players
  Richard Gasquet 2017–2018 2 0–2 0.0% 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 Lost (2–6, 6–3, 3–6, 0–6) at 2018 Roland Garros 2nd Round
  Mardy Fish 2011 1 0–1 0.0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (2–6, 2–6, 4–6) at 2011 US Open 2nd Round
  Fernando Verdasco 2016–2018 2 1–1 50.0% 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 7–5) at 2018 Paris 2nd Round
  David Goffin 2016–2019 2 1–1 50.0% 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 Lost (6–4, 6–7(4–7), 2–6) at 2019 Estoril Quarterfinal
Number 8 ranked players
  John Isner 2012–2017 4 0–4 0.0% 0–3 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (2–6, 3–6) at 2017 Beijing 1st Round
  Radek Štěpánek 2014 1 1–0 100.0% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (2–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–1) at 2014 Washington 2nd Round
  Jack Sock 2016–2018 3 0–3 0.0% 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (0–6, 4–6) at 2018 Paris 3rd Round
  Janko Tipsarević 2016 1 0–1 0.0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–7(6–8), 2–6) at 2016 Shenzhen Quarterfinal
  Marcos Baghdatis 2018 1 1–0 100.0% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 Won (7–6(9–7), 1–6, 6–2) at 2018 Chengdu 1st Round
  Mikhail Youzhny 2016–2018 2 2–0 100.0% 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 Won (2–6, 6–2, 6–2, 3–6, 6–2) at 2018 Roland Garros 1st Round
  Stefanos Tsitsipas 2018 2 1–1 50.0% 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–4, 6–7(6–8), 2–6) at 2018 's-Hertogenbosch 2nd Round
Number 10 ranked players
  Pablo Carreño Busta 2018 1 0–1 0.0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 Lost (5–7, 2–6, 2–6) at 2018 US Open 1st Round
  Lucas Pouille 2017 1 0–1 0.0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (7–6(7–5), 4–6, 4–6, 6–7(2–7)) at 2017 Wimbledon 1st Round
Total 2011–2019 57 12–45 21.0% 9–30
(23.1%)
0–6
(0.0%)
3–9
(25.0%)
0–0
(0.0%)
:* Statistics correct as of 5 May 2019.

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

Season 2018 Total
Wins 3 3
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score Jaziri Rank
2018
1.   Grigor Dimitrov 4 Dubai Tennis Championships, United Arab Emirates Hard 1R 4–6, 7–5, 6–4 117
2.   Marin Cilic 4 Istanbul Open, Turkey Clay 2R 6–4, 6–2 78
3.   Alexander Zverev 5 Beijing, China Hard 2R 7–6(7–4), 2–6, 6–4 61

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATP Rankings
  2. ^ "Jaziri Stuns Dimitrov In Dubai". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Tunisia's Malek Jaziri forced to withdraw from match against an Israeli". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. October 11, 2013. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Sinai, Allon. "Sela into final, Weintraub out in semis amid turmoil". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Tunisia suspended from Davis Cup over Malek Jaziri order". Sky Sports. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d Fox Sports. "Tunisian tennis player withdraws before facing Israeli at French tournament". FOX Sports.
  7. ^ "Tunisian player Malek Jaziri withdraws before facing Israeli". ESPN.com.
  8. ^ "ATP clears Tunisian Malek Jaziri of wrongdoing for withdrawal before match vs. Israeli". FOX Sports. Associated Press. February 11, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2015.

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