Ons Jabeur Aims to Put Arab Tennis on the Pinnacle, Says It’s Not Impossible

Published 01/08/2021, 9:24 AM EST
Ons Jabeur of Tunisia plays a forehand during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Qiang Wang of China on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)


Tunisian tennis player, Ons Jabeur, has raised the standard of her game in the past year. In the 2020 season, she became the first Arab woman to reach the quarterfinal at the Australian Open.

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During the course of the tournament, she beat the 2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki. It also happened to be the last match of the legendary Dane’s career.

In her career so far, the 26-year-old has won 11 ITF (International Tennis Federation) events. Her best performance at a WTA event was in 2018 when she reached the final at the Kremlin Cup held in Russia. In 2011, she won the French Open junior Grand Slam. 

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 24: Ons Jabeur of Tunisia celebrates after winning macth point in her Women’s Singles third round match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on day five of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

Ons Jabeur: Want to Inspire Others

Recently, the highest-ranked Arab player in women’s games talked to EssentiallySports at a press conference in Dubai, Abu Dhabi.

Upon being asked how she feels about not having any compatriots at the topmost WTA rankings, the world no. 31, Ons Jabeur stated,

“I like to see other players. I know there’s Mayar but she’s trying to like to get in the top 100 I think she’s going on the good path right now. Also, I would like to inspire others. And I mean, to be honest, I like to see a lot of Arab women here. I hope I can.

Ons Jabeur: One Day Another Generation Will Come Stronger

Ons Jabeur wants to make tennis more popular in the Arab nations. She does hope to witness the growth of tennis in the region and raise the bar. 

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Speaking of which, she further elaborated, “Maybe one day, another generation will come stronger. And we can see a lot of other players. That’s honestly my goal. And maybe one day I can help other players to be here at the top. Like top 30 Top 20 Top 10 it’s not impossible. I know we can do that. Thank you.”

Countries belonging to the Arab regions have been cooperative with regard to sports, and the encouragement shown by governing bodies is admirable.

Coming back to Ons Jabeur, she is currently playing at the Abu Dhabi event. She has moved into the round of 16 where she will face Aryna Sabalenka

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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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