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Tunisian player withdraws before facing Israeli

Tunisian player Jaziri retires from Montpellier match before possible 2nd round vs Israeli

Tunisian player withdraws before facing Israeli

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) -- A Tunisian player retired from a match after winning the first set in a French tournament Wednesday, citing an injury that keeps him from facing an Israeli in the next round.

Malek Jaziri quit after winning the first set 6-3 against sixth-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the first round of the Open Sud de France.

Tournament organizers said in an email to The Associated Press that Jaziri, who called for a trainer twice during the match, "suffered again from an elbow injury he picked up" at the Australian Open.

Had Jaziri beaten Istomin, he would have played Israel's Dudi Sela in the next round.

In 2013, Tunisia's tennis federation ordered Jaziri to withdraw from a match against Israeli opponent Amir Weintraub at a second-tier tournament in Uzbekistan. The ITF banned Tunisia from the 2014 Davis Cup over the incident.

Updated : 2021-09-23 05:57 GMT+08:00