Malek Jaziri (Arabic: مالك الجزيري, romanized: Mālik al-Jazīrī; born January 20, 1984) is a Tunisian professional tennis player. Jaziri reached his highest singles ranking on the ATP Tour of World No. 42 in January 2019. He reached the final of 2018 Istanbul Open, the semifinals of Moscow in 2012, Winston-Salem in 2015, Dubai in 2018 and the quarterfinals of Dubai in 2014.
|Born||January 20, 1984|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand) *occasionally uses one-handed backhand|
|Prize money||US$ 4,023,617|
|Career record||104–144 (41.9% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 42 (7 January 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 434 (2 January 2023)|
|Grand Slam singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2015, 2017)|
|French Open||2R (2012, 2016, 2018)|
|US Open||2R (2011, 2017)|
|Olympic Games||2R (2012)|
|Career record||32–60 (34.8% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 73 (12 August 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 240 (26 December 2022)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2019)|
|French Open||2R (2017)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2015, 2016)|
|US Open||SF (2018)|
|Last updated on: 2 January 2023.|
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-court 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 Mikhail Kukushkin and 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.
In 2018, he played against Gilles Müller at the Australian Open. At the Dubai Tennis Championships, Jaziri stunned top seed and then world No. 4, Grigor Dimitrov, to register his first win against a top-10 player. Jaziri made his first ATP final at the 2018 Istanbul Open, where he plays Japanese-American Taro Daniel, also in his maiden final.
Jaziri has been a member of the Tunisia Davis Cup team since 2000, posting an 33–15 record in singles and a 10–14 record in doubles in 41 ties.
Jaziri was embroiled in a controversial political incident, in which he withdrew from a tournament rather than play an Israeli player. In the October 2013 Tashkent Challenger, tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, he was slated to play Israeli Amir Weintraub in the quarterfinals. But the Tunisian tennis federation ordered Jaziri by email to withdraw from the match, and he did so.
Weintraub said that Jaziri is "a good friend," and that "he really wanted to play." 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.”
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. 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."
In February 2015, Jaziri was again embroiled in a controversial political incident when he withdrew from a tournament before facing Israeli players. 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. 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.
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." 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.
ATP career finalsEdit
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit
|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
|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 21 (14–7)Edit
|Win||1–0||Feb 2003||Nigeria F1, Benin City||Futures||Hard||Walid Jallali|| Andrew Anderson
|3–6, 6–4 RET|
|Win||2–0||May 2003||Morocco F1, Agadir||Futures||Clay||Walid Jallali|| Julien Couly
|Win||3–0||Feb 2004||France F3, Bressuire||Futures||Hard (i)||Issam Jellali|| Eric Butorac
|Win||4–0||Dec 2004||Tunisia F6, Mégrine||Futures||Hard||Mohamed Haythem Abid|| Boštjan Ošabnik
|Win||5–0||Jun 2005||Tunisia F1, Tunis||Futures||Clay||Mohamed Haythem Abid|| Colin Fleming
|Loss||5–1||Jun 2005||Tunisia F2, Hammamet||Futures||Clay||Mohamed Haythem Abid|| Wael Kilani
|2–6, 6–4, 5–7|
|Win||6–1||Jun 2008||Tunisia F1, Sousse||Futures||Clay||Walid Jallali|| Frédéric de Fays
|5–7, 7–6(7–4), [15–13]|
|Win||7–1||Sep 2008||France F15, Plaisir||Futures||Hard (i)||Rabie Chaki|| Thomas Oger
|Win||8–1||Feb 2009||Morocco F2, Rabat||Futures||Clay||Lamine Ouahab|| Omar Erramy
|Loss||8–2||Feb 2010||Morocco F2, Rabat||Futures||Clay||Lamine Ouahab|| David Savić
|Win||9–2||May 2011||Great Britain F7, Newcastle||Futures||Clay||Carles Poch Gradin|| Pablo Martín-Adalia
|Loss||9–3||Jul 2011||Great Britain F8, Manchester||Futures||Grass||Albano Olivetti|| Chris Eaton
|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
|6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–1), [3–10]|
|Win||11–4||Sep 2013||Fergana, Uzbekistan||Challenger||Hard||Farrukh Dustov|| Ilija Bozoljac
|Loss||11–5||Sep 2014||İzmir, Turkey||Challenger||Hard||Alexander Kudryavtsev|| Ken Skupski
|Loss||11–6||Sep 2015||İzmir, Turkey||Challenger||Hard||Denys Molchanov|| Saketh Myneni
|6–7(5–7), 6–4, [1–0] ret.|
|Win||12–6||Nov 2021||Knoxville, USA||Challenger||Hard (i)||Blaž Rola|| Hans Hach Verdugo
Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela
|3-6, 6-3, [10-5]|
|Loss||12–7||Jun 2022||Orlando, USA||Challenger||Hard||Kaichi Uchida|| Chung Yun-seong
|7-6(7-5), 6-7(3-7), [14-16]|
|Win||13–7||Jul 2022||Cali, Colombia||Challenger||Clay||Adrián Menéndez Maceiras|| Keegan Smith
|Win||14–7||Aug 2022||Toulouse, France||Challenger||Clay||Maxime Janvier|| Théo Arribagé
|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||1R||0 / 6||3–6|
|Wimbledon||A||2R||Q3||1R||1R||1R||1R||1R||1R||0 / 7||1–7|
|US Open||2R||1R||Q3||Q2||1R||1R||2R||1R||Q1||0 / 6||2–6|
|Win–loss||1–1||2–3||0–0||0–1||2–4||1–4||3–4||2–4||0–3||0 / 24||11–24|
|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||A||0 / 2||1–2|
|Wimbledon||1R||A||A||2R||2R||1R||1R||1R||0 / 6||2–6|
|US Open||A||A||A||A||1R||2R||SF||2R||0 / 4||6–4|
|Win–loss||0–1||0–0||0–0||1–2||1–3||2–4||4–2||3–3||0 / 15||11–15|
Record against top-10 playersEdit
Jaziri's record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with active players in boldface.
|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||2016–2020||2||0–2||0.0%||0–2||0–0||0–0||0–0||Lost (1–6, 2–6) at 2020 Dubai 1st 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|
|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|
|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|
|Number 5 ranked players|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||2012–2021||3||1–2||33.3%||1–2||0–0||0–0||0–0||Won (3–3, retired) at 2021 Dubai 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|
|Number 9 ranked players|
|Roberto Bautista Agut||2018||1||0–1||0.0%||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||Lost (3–6, 4–6) at 2018 Dubai Semifinal|
|Fabio Fognini||2017||1||0–1||0.0%||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||Lost (5–7, 1–6) at 2017 Stockholm 1st 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|
|:* Statistics correct as of 14 March 2021[update].|
Wins over top 10 playersEdit
- He has a 3–13 (.188) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
|1.||Grigor Dimitrov||4||Dubai Tennis Championships, United Arab Emirates||Hard||1R||4–6, 7–5, 6–4||117|
|2.||Marin Čilić||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|
- ATP Rankings
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- Sinai, Allon. "Sela into final, Weintraub out in semis amid turmoil". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
- "Tunisia suspended from Davis Cup over Malek Jaziri order". Sky Sports. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
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