Mounir El Aarej

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Mounir El Aarej
Full name Mounir El Aarej
Country (sports)  Morocco
Born (1977-06-16) 16 June 1977 (age 41)
Prize money $127,514
Singles
Career record 8-23
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 319 (26 June 2000)
Doubles
Career record 4-19
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 278 (25 April 2005)

Mounir El Aarej (born 16 June 1977) is a former professional tennis player from Morocco.

Biography[edit]

A regular Davis Cup player for Morocco during his career, El Aarej made his debut in 1996, for a World Group qualifier against Switzerland in Olten.[1]

He won a bronze medal in the doubles at the 2001 Mediterranean Games (with Mehdi Tahiri) and was a quarter-finalist in the singles draw.[2]

In 2002 he beat a young Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of a Futures tournament in Gandia.[3] He also had a win that year in the Davis Cup over Switzerland's Michel Kratochvil, who was at the time ranked in the world's top 40.[4]

El Aarej was a member of the team that beat Great Britain in a World Group play off in 2003.[5] He also played in a playoff tie against Australia in Perth in the 2004 Davis Cup.[6]

His best performance on the ATP Tour came when he made the doubles semi-finals at the 2004 Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, with Mehdi Tahiri.[7] He competed at the tournament, which was held in Casablanca, every year from 1997 to 2007, in either singles or doubles.

He featured in the Mediterranean Games again in 2005. Fourth in the singles, he lost his semi-final to top seed Nicolás Almagro in a final set tiebreak and was beaten in the bronze medal playoff by Simone Bolelli.[8]

El Aarej, who had a Davis Cup win over Filippo Volandri in Rome in 2005, continued representing Morocco until 2008.[9] By the time he retired he had featured in 19 ties and played 31 matches for Morocco.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tennis Davis Cup Competition". The Sydney Morning Herald. 23 September 1996. p. 34. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "L'édition de Tunis 2001 est aussi la commémoration du 50ème anniversaire des Jeux Méditerranéens" (PDF) (in French). cijm.org.gr. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "ITF Tennis - Pro Circuit - Spain F7 Futures - 22 July - 28 July 2002". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Australia seal Cup whitewash". BBC Sport. 22 September 2002. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Doubles tonic for Britain". The Guardian. 21 September 2003. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Australia leads in Davis Cup". The Age. 24 September 2004. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "ITF Tennis - Pro Circuit - Casablanca - 17 May - 22 May 2004". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "España copa los oros y las platas en Tenis" (in Spanish). Comité Olímpico Español. 3 July 2005. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "L'Italie fait chuter le Maroc". Eurosport (in French). 1 May 2005. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 

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