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11 questions about Ons Jabeur – Tunisia, Wimbledon, Madrid – updated after Berlin

Ons Jabeur has been blazing a trail for Arab tennis for many years and is now ranked a career-high No 6. Here are the answers to 12 questions you may have about the Tunisian

Ons Jabeur, Madrid 2022 Ons Jabeur, vainqueure à Madrid en 2022 © Alterphotos / Panoramic

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What did Ons Jabeur achieve in Berlin and Madrid in 2022?

Ons Jabeur became the new world No 3 when she won the Berlin title in June 2022, beating Belinda Bencic in a walkover in the final.

Jabeur had won the second title of her career – and the biggest – when she beat Jessica Pegula to win the Madrid Open in 2022. Jabeur became the first Arab or African woman to win the title in Madrid and the victory lifted her to No 7 in the rankings, equalling her then career-high.

What is Ons Jabeur’s highest ranking?

Ons Jabeur reached a career-high ranking of No 6 on May 16, 2022 having reaching the final of the Italian Open in Rome. The Tunisian is the highest-ranked Arab player in history.

What nationality is Ons Jabeur?

Ons Jabeur is Tunisian. She was born on August 28, 1994, in Ksar Hellal, not far from Monastir, in Tunisia. She lives in Tunis.

How tall is she?

Jabeur is 5ft 6in (1.67m), according to her profile on the WTA Tour.

Who are her parents?

Jabeur’s parents are Ridha and Samira Jabeur. The Tunisian has two older brothers, Hatem and Marwen, and one sister, Yasmine. It is Jabeur’s mother, Samira, who helped her discover tennis at the age of three. 

Who is the coach of Ons Jabeur ?

Ons Jabeur has been coached since February 2020 by Issam Jellali, a former Tunisian player. She was previously coached by the Frenchman, Bertrand Perret, with whom she worked for two years.

Who is her husband?

Her husband is Karim Kamoun, a former Russo-Tunisian fencer. The pair were married in October, 2015. Karim Kamoun is now her full-time physical trainer on the WTA Tour.

When did Jabeur turn professional?

The runner-up in juniors at Roland-Garros in 2010, Ons Jabeur won the title the following year, the first African champion in 55 years. She began her professional career in Doha in 2012, where she lost in the first round to Virginie Razzano. Jabeur won her first WTA Tour match in 2014 in Oeiras, Portugal, beating local player Maria Joao Koehler.

Ons Jabeur - Tunisie

What is Jabeur’s best Grand Slam result?

Her best results at a Grand Slam are two quarter-final runs. The first came at the Australian Open in 2020, where she beat Johanna Konta, Caroline Garcia, Caroline Wozniacki and Qiang Wang to become the first Arab player in history to reach the last eight. She then reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, beating Venus Williams, Garbine Muguruza and Iga Swaitek.

Is Jabeur active on social media?

Yes, Ons Jabeur is active on social media. The Tunisian is active on Instagram, where she regularly posts photos of herself on and off the tennis court. She is followed by 443,000 people, as of May 17, 2022. Jabeur can also be found on Twitter where she is followed by more than 93,000 people.

Ons Jabeur Birmingham 2021
Ons Jabeur poses with the trophy after winning her first career WTA title in Birmingham in 2021 – AI / Reuters / Panoramic

How many WTA Tour titles has Ons Jabeur won?

Two. Ons Jabeur won her first WTA Tour title in Birmingham, England, in June 2021, beating Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the final. She lost in four other finals; in Charleston in 2021 and 2022, Chicago in 2021 and in Moscow in 2018. But she then won her biggest title yet when she triumphed at the Madrid Open in May 2022.

What is Ons Jabeur’s best victory?

After reaching her first Grand Slam quarter-final in Australia, she beat a top-three player for the first time (excluding retirement) during Doha in 2020, beating No 3 Karolina Pliskova (6-4, 3-6, 6-3). She also beat former world No 1 Simona Halep en route to the title in Madrid in 2022.

Ons Jabeur - Karolina Pliskova

Is Ons Jabeur the best female Arab player in history?

Ons Jabeur can already be considered as the best female Arab player in history. She has earned the best results in Grand Slams and was ranked No 14 on the WTA Tour as of October 4, 2021, the best ever ranking by any Arab woman and the joint-highest ranking of any Arab player, male or female. At the end of November 2019, she was also voted as the Best Arab Athlete of the Year, and won the Arab Woman of the Year award, given by the London Arabia organisation.

“I’ve been playing tennis since I was a child to inspire Arab women to believe that nothing is impossible. I feel like an ambassador for my country, but also for youth and women,” Jabeur told the WTA website after receiving the award.

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