Ibbou to Thiem : “We Didn’t Ask Anything From You”

Have a look at the best and funniest tennis content posted on social media on May 10th. Tennis Majors compiled them for you. 

May 10, 2020

Tennis stars are being creative and funny on social media during the lockdown imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. Tennis Majors have put together for you the best that happened on social media on May, 10th. Here is Social Highlights. Starring Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Ines Ibbou, Patrick McEnroe, Juan Martin Del Potro, & more.

Algerian tennis player Ines Ibbou published a moving open letter on YouTube to respond to Dominic Thiem’s recent statement, as the Austrian didn’t see why he should donate money for a relief fund for players outside of the Top 100.

“Dear Dominic, after reading your last statement I was wondering what would’ve been my career and therefore my life if I was in your shoes. Yes, what is it like to be Dominic Thiem?” started Ibbou.

“But after all, even if I didn’t have parents as a coach, we can at least count on the local facilities. Oof! Did you know that in Algeria the ITF juniors are very very rare? And there are not a single ITF pro, ATP or WTA event. There is not a single coach at the international level. There is not even a single indoor court,”

“But don’t get me wrong. This didn’t stop me from building my own way and even be one of the best players in the world at the age of 14. I won my first WTA points by winning a 10K at this age! Quite impressive, no? And like you, I reached the heights of the ITF juniors rankings,” Ibbou said.

“If I was part of your magical world back then, I would probably have drawn the attention of many sponsors and the federation would have taken care of me. But it didn’t happen that way. Sponsors you say? Adidas? Nike? Wilson? Prince? Head? They don’t even exist in Algeria. Apart from a few equipments and support from small local companies, I only received the minimum for covering my participation for the Slams in junior,” she noted.

“Dear Dominic, unlike you, many share my reality. Just a reminder it’s not because of your money that we survived until now. And nobody requested you anything. The initiative went from generous players who showed instant compassion with a classy touch. Players are eager to spread solidarity and find solutions to make a difference. Champions at all costs.”

“Dominic, this unexpected crisis is putting us through a challenging time and revealing who we truly are. Helping players is helping tennis to survive. The game is noble. The meaning of sport is to distinguish the most talented, the most persistent, the hard workers, the bravest. Or maybe you want to play alone on the court? Dominic told you we did not ask anything from you. Except for a bit of respect to our sacrifice. Players like you make me hold on to my dreams. Please don’t ruin it,” Ibbou concluded.

On our social zapping, you will also see Sabine Lisicki enjoying the sun, Roger Federer trying the new Wilson Clash, Andy Murray playing tennis on a wall and many more ! 

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