Malek Jaziri has experienced a big downfall in his career in recent years. Formerly a player who was in the top 50 on the ATP list is now trying to revive his career even though it may be too late for that. In the match against Tsona in Doha he managed to win after Tsonga retired in the first set of the match and it was his 100 career victory.
This victory is even more important when we know that he came to the tournament with the help of a wild card “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 on Sunday.
“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”.
Motivation and training with Djokovic
Although he is 37 years old, he does not want to give up tennis and it seems that Jaziri does not lack motivation “I don’t think about being 37, it’s not in my mind.
I just want to work hard every day in something that I love. My motivation is my kids – my son (Malek Jr.) and my daughter who arrived last week. I’m making huge sacrifices. But I believe in what I’m doing,” Jaziri said Jaziri invited Djokovic to join him at the pre-season camp and Djokovic agreed.
“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”.