“Difficult Sport Financially”: Ons Jabeur Grateful to ITF for Support During Hardships

Published 07/07/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2021 Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur reacts during her third round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur has certainly lifted the spirits of people belonging to her nation as far as tennis is concerned. She was recently seen at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 and had one of her most successful results in the Grand Slam events. 

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Recently, Ona Jabeur was speaking about the hardships she faced during the early days of her career. She was also grateful to the ITF for their constant support during these trying times. The Tunisian player spoke on the importance of the Grand Slam Development Fund, a program introduced by the ITF (International Tennis Federation).

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2021 Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur reacts during her third round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The 26-year-old spoke on this subject and stated, “I think it’s a great program. I was lucky enough to be chosen by the ITF. They helped me, I think it was back in 2017. That was the time when I broke through to the top hundred. It was very helpful because tennis is a very difficult sport financially.”

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Ons Jabeur is thankful for the ITF

Naturally, once a player receives better care and infrastructure, the quality of their style of play improves. Due to that, she still remains grateful to the ITF. However, Jabeur did maintain that she more than the monetary factor, it was the team that helped her evolve to a great extent. 

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2021 Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur reacts during her third round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The Tunisian player further added, “If you find that kind of support if you find that, you probably have a certain amount that will help you and then you can focus more on playing tennis. That’s what I did. I had a coach and a team behind me. I think that’s what I needed to [help me] focus more on tennis than the money outside.”

During the current season, she made it to the third round in the Australian Open. She followed that by making it to the fourth round in Paris and now she reached the quarterfinal in the Wimbledon Championships 2021. One can sense the improvement in her game this season. It will be interesting to see how she performs in the upcoming events. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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