Malek Jaziri, 37, has no plans of retiring anytime soon and he was grateful to receive main draw wildcards into Doha and Dubai. Last week, Jaziri won his opener in Doha, before he lost in the round-of-16 to eventual champion Nikoloz Basilashvili. This week, Jaziri made it past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Dubai first round following the Frenchman's retirement.
World No. 258 Jaziri plays next against Dusan Lajovic. “For me, it means a lot. A lot of sacrifices, a lot of very deep feelings, good feelings to be back here and to play at this high level and to compete,” Jaziri said, per The National.
“I want to be back at this high level and I keep believing that I can do it. Right now I’m 200-something in the world, and it’s not that easy. Due to corona(virus) there aren’t that many tournaments, the (second-tier) Challengers are very strong tournaments, not a lot of them on the calendar and a lot of good players are playing them, sometimes you have to play qualifying, all of these stuff … so it’s not easy.
“I really appreciate being here, I’m really grateful for Dubai Duty Free for giving me a main draw wildcard. Hopefully we keep enjoying and give the people who believe in me a lot of joy. Hopefully I’ll continue this way and insha’Allah you’ll see Malek back in the top 100”.
Jaziri grateful to Novak Djokovic
“I spoke to Novak, I had heard that a few players were going to go train at his academy and he was very happy to welcome me there,” Jaziri said. “God bless him. It was a great experience.
I saw so many things that are very important, not only tennis-wise on court, but off court, I saw a great example of how to do things. “It’s different when you see a player every day in practice as opposed to just having a hit with them at a tournament or at a Slam.
Spending three to four weeks with these players, seeing their attitude, seeing their motivation; they always want more, they keep going. “Novak is No 1 and he still wants to break more records and to do more. That gives me more motivation to work on myself and to believe in myself more”.