Tunisian tennis player calls on Roddick ex-coach to help Wimbledon bid

Jaziri, who is the highest ranked Arab player, made it to Wimbledon twice previously in 2012 and 2014 (File Photo: AP)

Tunisian tennis player Malek Jaziri called upon Andy Roddick’s former coach to help him advance at the 129th Wimbledon Championships, Abu-Dhabi based sports website Sports 360 reported Sunday.

“He’s a nice man and has a big CV. I met him at a Challenger with Zhang, who is the No1 in China, and I asked him if he we could work together at Wimbledon,” Jaziri said speaking about the Algerian-French coach Tarik Benhabiles.

“He has a lot of experience, worked with a lot of guys, Roddick, Gasquet, Monfils, Karlovic… the list is long. It’s a good thing that we also share same traditions. He’s originally Algerian so I think we can understand each other and I hope we can make good things here. I think he can help me a lot mentally,” Jaziri said.

“Every player he has helped, he has managed to guide him or her to their best ranking and I believe he can do the same with me,” he added.

World No.83 Jaziri is due to start the tournament on Tuesday against Australian James Duckworth.

Jaziri, who is the highest ranked Arab player, made it to Wimbledon twice previously in 2012 and 2014.

Speaking about Wimbledon, Jaziri, , said: “It’s a special place for me. My first win here at Wimbledon, in 2012, I won 7-5 in the fifth and I stepped off the court to find out I had made it into the Olympics. So it was an amazing day for me, getting a win here then knowing I was going to come back here for the Games.

“I have great memories here. Last year I was lucky and made it to the main draw as a lucky loser. This time I hope luck is on my side and I can win a few matches.”

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