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Tunisia handed Davis Cup ban after Israeli boycott order

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Tunisia have been suspended from the 2014 Davis Cup competition after the country's tennis federation ordered its number one player not to play against an Israeli. Malek Jaziri withdrew from the second tier Tashkent Challenger tournament last month before his match against Israel's Amir Weintraub. Jaziri's brother told reporters the 215th ranked player had been ordered to default the match.

Tennis: Tunisia given one-year Davis Cup ban

Tunisia have been suspended from the Davis Cup for a year for preventing one of their players from competing in a match, the International Tennis Federation announced on Saturday. The ITF found the Tunisian Tennis Federation (TTF) to be in breach of their constitution when they ordered one of their players, Malek Jaziri, not to compete against Israeli player Amir Weintraub at the 2013 Tashkent Challenger in October. The 29-year-old Jaziri, who is his country's highest-ranked player at 215 in the world, had initially pulled out of the match in question citing a knee injury.

Tennis: Jaziri cleared of wrongdoing in Israeli pullout row

Tunisian tennis player Malek Jaziri has been cleared of any wrongdoing after being ordered by his federation not to take part in a match against an Israeli opponent. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), which governs the men's game, said that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) will now rule over whether the Tunisian tennis federation should be punished. "The investigation by the ATP into the withdrawal of Malek Jaziri has been completed," said the ATP in a statement.

Tunisia tennis star's camp slams order to shun Israeli

The brother and manager of Tunisian tennis star Malek Jaziri on Monday slammed as "shocking" the political pressure to boycott a match with Israel's Amir Weintraub from the authorities back home. This decision is "shocking, because it brings politics into sport... We are totally against that. And Malek is the first victim, because tennis is his career, his bread-winner," Amir Jaziri told AFP. "To be clear, Malek pulled out for sporting reasons, because he was injured. He did his warm up, something was wrong and the doctor found that his knee was swollen," he said.

Tennis: ATP looking into Tunisian player withdrawal

Tunisian tennis player Malek Jaziri is facing possible sanctions after pulling out of an ATP match in Tashkent against Israel's Amir Weintraub under the orders of his home tennis federation, according to the player's brother. The Challenger match had been scheduled for Friday, but Jaziri, who defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine in the previous round, pulled out before it started citing a knee injury. But according to the player's brother Amir, he was under orders from the Tunisian Tennis Federation not to play against an Israeli opponent.
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