Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Egypt's Safwat & Tunisia's Jaziri reach career-high rankings, Playing in Marrakech this week

Mohamed Safwat during a Davis Cup match vs Marcos Baghdatis last year
Photo via Flickr user RUGRLN


Egypt's number 1 tennis player, Mohamed Safwat has been quite busy recently crawling up the ATP rankings. The 20-year-old opened his 2011 season playing Futures in Spain and Portugal where he made 1 semifinal last month, a result that helped him reach a career high ranking of 523 in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday.

Safwat is playing in the Marrakech Challenger this week where he received a wildcard and opens his campaign against Spanish 3rd-seed, Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ranked 110). He could possibly face last week's Rabat Challenger finalist, Peter Luczak in the 2nd round.

Safwat vs Ramos-Vinolas is scheduled 3rd match from a 10:30 start (Morocco time) on Court 4.

Malek Jaziri at the Rabat Challenger last week

Meanwhile, Tunisia's in-form Malek Jaziri also reached a career-high ranking of 275 this week after a stellar performance at the Rabat Challenger where he made the semis (lost to Luczak).

This week, Jaziri managed to get through the Marrakech Challenger qualifying and faces 2nd seed Jan Hajek in the opening round.

Meanwhile Morocco's top player, Reda El Amrani (world #207), was forced to withdraw from the tournament with an injury (also retired from his match last week in Rabat) and was replaced in the draw by lucky loser Pablo Martin-Adalia.

The Marrakech Challenger is part of the 2011 Morocco Tennis Tour and has a total prize money of $50,000. Check here for the latest results and fixtures from Marrakech.

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