It its investigation of Malek Jaziri’s withdrawal from a match in Tashkent against Israel’s Amir Weintraub, the ATP finds no wrongdoing by the top-ranked Tunisian. Jaziri was scheduled to face Weintraub in the quarterfinals, but pulled out prior to the contest after reportedly receiving an email from the Tunisian Tennis Federation ordering him not to play.
“Following a meeting this afternoon with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, I have the immense regret to inform you that you are ordered not to play against the Israeli player,” Sport360 quoted the email as saying.
“We have found no wrongdoing on the part of the player and all of the information we have gathered has been passed on to the ITF,” an ATP statement said.
It could sanction the Tunisian federation, but will not make a decision until its board meeting during the Fed Cup final in Sardinia the weekend after next.
Sport360 also said that Jaziri was aware of threatening messages about him potentially playing Weintraub on social media outlets.