“So Nervous”: Ons Jabeur Vomits on Centre Court During Match Point Against Garbine Muguruza at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/02/2021, 11:42 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


Ons Jabeur played one of the best match of her career as she defeated former champion, Garbine Muguruza in the third round of Wimbledon Championships 2021. While serving for the match, Ons Jabeur’s nerves were at an all-time high as she vomited before serving at the match point.

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At 5-2 in the third set, Jabeur saw her first match point at 40-30. As she was getting ready to serve, she went to the corner of the court next to the ball kid and vomited there. There was no reaction from the chair umpire, crowd, or even Muguruza. Later, Jabeur served and Muguruza saved the match point. However, subsequently, Ons would get another match point, which she dispatched, and continued ahead at Wimbledon.

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Why didn’t the chair umpire say anything to Ons Jabeur regarding vomiting?

But the rules say that the chair umpire doesn’t have to stop play if the vomit is not spilled on the court. So hence that might be the reason the chair umpire didn’t stop the play. However, the play would have been stopped if Ons Jabeur needed medical attention.

“If a player is vomiting, the Chair Umpire must stop play if vomiting has spilled onto the court, or if the player requests medical evaluation. If the player requests medical evaluation, then the Sports Physiotherapist must determine if the player has a treatable medical condition, and if so, whether the medical condition is acute or nonacute,” the Grand Slam rule book says.

Ons Jabeur in her third-round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza at Wimbledon Championships 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Jabeur was clearly very nervous at the start as well. She lost her serves to silly errors as Muguruza wasn’t playing well either. Jabeur never utilized Muguruza’s mistakes until the second set. After losing the first set, Jabeur was playing with freedom and risk. She hence was rewarded with a strong second set.

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In the third set, Jabeur was on form as she was playing more freely. But as the finish line came, she was again tensed. Muguruza did her best to delay the proceedings, but Jabeur was solid and reached the second week of Wimbledon Championships 2021.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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