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Neimenin, Jaziri to join legendary Mary Pierce at 2015 Lexus Tennis Festival

By Aline Bannayan - Sep 07,2015 - Last updated at Sep 07,2015

AMMAN — While it’s been an action packed week for tennis players of all ages in Amman, fans have a date with top players who will compete for the first time ever at the 2015 Lexus Tennis Festival on September 10-11 at The Tennis Academy (TTA) Amman. 

TTA announced that Finnish tennis star Jarkko Nieminen, and Tunisian tennis champion, Malek Jaziri, will compete in both doubles and singles matches, and will join legendary French star and multiple Grand Slam champion Mary Pierce, for two days of great tennis and family fun.

Former World No. 13, Nieminen is Finland’s most celebrated tennis star. Throughout his career, he won two ATP singles titles and three doubles titles. He reached the quarter-finals of the 2005 US Open, the 2006 Wimbledon Championships and the 2008 Australian Open.

He represented Finland in three separate Olympic games between 2004 and 2012 and he is the first and only Finnish player to have an ATP singles title.

Better known as “Jazz”, Jaziri has competed in all four Grand Slam events in his career. In 2015, he reached the Round 3 of the Australian Open and came close to beating the legendary Roger Federer in a tight three-set match at the Dubai Open.

Jaziri is the first male Tunisian player to reach the semifinals of an ATP event at the 2012 Kremlin Cup in Moscow.


On September 10, Nieminen and Jaziri will partner with two top Jordanian players for a doubles exhibition match. On Friday September 11, Nieminen will go head to head with Jaziri in the final exhibition match, the first time ever for these two tennis champions to meet on court.

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