WATCH: Ons Jabeur Eats a Tennis Ball During Australian Open 2021 Training Session

Published 01/23/2021, 2:33 PM EST
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)


The Australian Open 2021 is right around the corner and the players are speeding up their preparations. Many have even transformed their hotels into training courts to practice hard, and one of them is Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur.

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Although Jabeur is really giving her 100 percent in training, she also finds time for some fun in-between. The 26-year-old recently had some banter with her coach and ate a tennis ball which instantly went viral on the internet!

The Tunisian player was practicing inside her hotel room by placing the mattress against the wall to use it for returns. During the session, Jabeur‘s coach suddenly demanded more aggression from the 2020 Australian Open quarterfinalist and asked her to ‘hit the ball’, but she misheard it as ‘eat’ and then did the unthinkable!

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It was indeed a funny sight watching Jabeur eat the ball. What was even funnier is that she didn’t even spit the rubber and chose to enjoy the moment. Likewise, her coach also shared some laughter after the incident.

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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)

Ons Jabeur had quite a remarkable tennis season in 2020. Although she didn’t win a single title, the Tunisian managed to play more than five quarter-finals at different tournaments.

At the Australian Open 2020, she reached the quarters but lost to Sofia Kenin there. Furthermore, Jabeur delivered some phenomenal performances at the other two Slams but chocked in the latter stages of the events.

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Ons Jabeur will certainly look forward to playing the long rallies a little better at the upcoming Slam. She would also try to learn to play under pressure in order to win some silverware in 2021. As far as the Australian Open 2021 is concerned, she definitely looks confident and will be eyeing her maiden Grand Slam title there.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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