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 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
, 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
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 finals
Future and Challenger finals
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Record against top-10 players
Jaziri's record against those who have been ranked
in the top 10, with active players in boldface.
Wins over top 10 players
He has a 3–13 (.188) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
- ^ ATP Rankings
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- ^ "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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