Jabeur’s tennis at the top of the foil • Ok Tennis

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Of the three fencing weapons, the foil is the academic one, initially conceived for teaching, which only later became an independent Olympic discipline and specialty.

The foil probably owes its name to a flower-shaped leather safety button placed at the tip of the blade to prevent students from injuring themselves during practice. Perhaps this is the origin of the way of saying at the tip of the foil, alluding to a cunning, delicate, complex and refined way of speaking and relating. It seems that Ons Jabeur plays tennis at the tip of the foil, triumphant in the final of the Mutua Madrid Open and protagonist of a historic victory over the American rival Pegula. Yes, because the Tunisian tennis player became the first Arab player to win a WTA 1000.

Breaking records now seems to be a constant in the life of the young Ons: if she was the first Arab tennis player to win a title on the WTA circuit, Jabeur also managed to play the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament, a feat focused respectively at the Australian Open in 2020 and Wimbledon in 2021; she also has two consecutive round of 16 at Roland Garros in 2020 and 2021. Now she awaits the clay court of Rome where she has already conquered the fans with the originality of her tennis. Thanks to her eccentric and extremely varied playing style, she quickly gained immediate media popularity with the international tennis community. However, Ons blossomed late: after youthful successes, including her victory at Roland Garros in 2011, many obstacles appeared in the path of the tennis player that slowed down her career making her competitive performance discontinued. Many have suggested that she stop, others have tried to change her style of play trying to sacrifice harmony in the name of power, but Ons with great determination did not let herself be discouraged, staying true to herself and persevering in her rise to success. . .

Like a candid jasmine, she clung to her dream without giving in and with a great spirit of adaptation, she managed to cross rigid cultural barriers, reaching where many women do not go, with the firm determination of one who does what she loves, having fun. . Jabeur proudly defines her spectacular tennis as a “100% Tunisian product”: she started playing as a child and when she couldn’t find playgrounds in Sousse, she went to train at nearby hotels. Supported by her mother, firmly convinced of the fundamental role of her education, she only after graduating from Ella Tunis Ons High School did she concentrate exclusively on tennis. She experimented with some academies in France and Belgium, but then she went back to training in Tunisia followed by French coaches. In fact, the young woman believes that not only the support of the family but above all the Arab culture is decisive for her success, so much so that she has decided to promote it with great passion.

In fact, she does not hide her desire to become an icon of Arab women, to spread the beauty of a sport that Muslim women very often do not practice: “I have played tennis since I was a child to inspire Arab women, to Let it be clear that nothing is impossible”, she explained in an interview, “I feel like an ambassador of my country, but also of young people and women”. Ons, despite being only twenty-six years old, has also found time for love : She has been married to former Olympic bronze medalist Karim Kamoun since 2015, who is now also her physical trainer in the coaching staff led by coach Issam Jellali.She has a fairy arm, the exuberant pioneer of Arab tennis with which she manages to hit the racket the natural air and the harmonious refinement of a foil: a winning thrust against taboos and a blow with which to break down female stereotypes, to break down cultural walls and remind us that limits are often They are in our head. With the victory of the Master 1000 in Madrid, Ons Jabeur wrote an epic page of African tennis and redesigned the master lines of the dreams and hopes of those who bravely fight for female emancipation, a transversal battle yet to be won, both within an Italian fashion house than behind the veiled cracks of a burqa.

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