Tunisian Malek Jaziri, the first Arab player to break into the top 60 on the ATP World Tour, enjoys life on and off the court. Picking up a tennis racquet at the young age of five, Jaziri grew up idolising legendary American Pete Sampras. The 32-year-old, well-versed in English, Arabic, French and Spanish, was in Doha last week for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open’s 25th anniversary. ‘Jazz’ as he is fondly known among his peers, spoke about his other interests.
Did you enjoy playing in Doha?
Of course. The facilities here in Doha are fantastic. Hats off to the organisers, who make all efforts to ensure that every player feels at home.
Your favourite surface, shot and tournament?
I prefer hard courts and forehand is my forte. US Open is my favourite event.
What’re the other sports you follow?
I like football a lot and my home side Athletique Bizertin is my favourite club. I play golf at times.
Music, movies and yoga.