10 questions about Ons Jabeur – Tunisia, Wimbledon, Pliskova

Ons Jabeur has been blazing a trail for Arab tennis for many years and is closing in on a place in the world’s top 10. Here are the answers to 10 questions you may have about the Tunisian

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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 her on and off the tennis court. She is followed by 336,000 people, as of October 4, 2021. Jabeur can also be found on Twitter where she is followed by more than 60,000 people.

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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?

Ons Jabeur won her first WTA Tour title in Birmingham, England, in June 2021, beating Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the final. She has also reached three other finals; in Charleston and Chicago in 2021 and in Moscow in 2018.

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).

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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