Yesterday Malek Jaziri made a controversial retirement decision whilst 6-3 up against sixth seed Denis Istomin in the first round of the Open Sud de France. The controversy has arisen not because of who he was playing, but because of who he might of played in the next round.
Officially Jaziri told the media that he retired from his match due to an Elbow injury, however with the prospect of playing Israeli Dudi Sela in round two, suspicions have surfaced due to the conflict between the Tunisian and Israeli tennis associations which has marred the Tunisian Tennis Association in recent years.
During the 2013 Tashkent Challenger, Jaziri pulled out of his quarterfinal match against Amir Weintraub. Initially there was no suspicion or evidence of a deliberate withdrawal until Jaziri's brother, Amir Jaziri, broke his silence on the issue.
Amir sensationally revealed that the Tunisian Tennis Federation sent Jaziri an e-mail ordering him to not play Weintraub following a meeting that they had with the Tunisian ministry of sport. These revelations by Amir Jaziri prompted an investigation into the matter.
Jaziri was found not guilty of any wrong doing, however the ITF took a tougher stance by banning Tunisia for a year from the Davis Cup. ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti released a strong statement concerning the decision to ban Tunisia.
"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,"