Wimbledon. Ons Jabeur: The irresistible rise and fall of the Tunisian

Jabeur exclaimed, "I am proud Tunisian woman standing today.

Wimbledon. Ons Jabeur: The irresistible rise and fall of the Tunisian

Jabeur exclaimed, "I am proud Tunisian woman standing today." She was elated after winning the semi-finals against Maria Tatjana of Germany (6-2, 3-3, 6-1).

She was 27 years old when she became the first player from North Africa and the Arab region to reach the finals of a major tournament.

The tournament DJ was convinced by her win in Berlin's final in June that she would broadcast Tunisian Rap.

Jabeur, even though she is now a famous celebrity, does not forget that she was born in poverty and is currently in serious economic and political crisis.

She announced before Wimbledon that her sponsor, Talan Tunisia (a technology consulting firm specializing in innovation and transformation through tech), would pay her 100 Euros for every ace or drop shot she scores during the tournament. This money will be used to renovate a school in the northwest, an area of marginalized countries.

The right-hander was forced to sell two of her rackets last summer in order to benefit local hospitals after Tunisia was struck by the Covid-19 pandemic.

After raising 27,000 dollars (or approximately 23,300 euros), she said, "It was my duty to help my country."

She spoke out in a Tunisian interview last year, saying she was proud to have represented Tunisia, a whole nation, at the Tokyo Olympics.

Jabeur made his international debut at the Australian Open in Jan 2020.

She was ranked 78th worldwide at the time and was the first Arab player to reach the quarter-finals in a Grand Slam tournament. However, she lost to Sofia Kenin, the future champion of the tournament.

She won the WTA 250 event in Birmingham in June 2021. This was her first major title on the main circuit as a North African player.

She reached the round 16 at Wimbledon last season, and became "Onstoppable", a nickname for Tunisian Internet users. It is a play on words between her initial name and "unstoppable", which she also uses in English.

She explained that she had "gained confidence and experience" at the Australian Open. "The other players started to fear playing against me (...). My style of playing is reflective of my personality.

In her column for BBC, she stated that she doesn't like the routine and expressed her enthusiasm for daring games full of "changes in pace" at Wimbledon. I love to laugh and have fun. These moments are my greatest treasures, both on and off the court," said the player, who is also well-known for her sense of humor.

Jabeur has a message to Tunisian youth: "Nothing's impossible." She also stated that although many doubted her ability to achieve this level in my career, they were unable to stop me from moving forward because of my self-confidence, and my work.

Born in Ksar Hellal on August 28, 1994, the player of 1.67m for 66kg started playing tennis in Hammam Sousse (a chic suburb of the seaside resort at Sousse).

His club was founded at the age of three and has since been confined to the nearby tennis courts.

His coaches will always remember his passion for winning and his determination.

She told her mother at 10 that she would take her to Roland-Garros "one day," said Nabil Mlika (55), her coach at the time. "She did it. It's magic."

The young star joined El Menzah's sports high school in Tunis at the age of 12.

"What we see on The Field of Ons, the warrior and combative who fights at all points, it's always been her character," Omar Laabidi, a former comrade, said.

She has been living in Tunisia since her coronation in 2011 at the Roland-Garros junior tournament. She still visits Tunisia regularly, with her trainer Issam Jaalleli, and Karim Kamoun (her husband and trainer), both Tunisians.

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