Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick revealed that Ons Jabeur is becoming "one of my favorites in the world to watch" and added that the Tunisian seems to be also a really good person off the court. Jabeur, who rose to a career-high ranking of No.
8 this Monday, became the first Arab tennis player ever male or female to break into the top-10. Jabeur, 27, is enjoying the best season of her career and he has a shot at making her debut at the WTA Finals. “Ons Jabeur is quickly becoming one of my favorites in the world to watch, she’s just amazing, and maybe the most hugged player on tour; every single time she shakes a hand, people hug her, she must be an amazing person too," Roddick said during his appearance on Tennis Channel.
Younes El-Aynaoui joins Roddick in praising Jabeur
El-Aynaoui has been following Jabeur ever since she won the 2011 French Open girls' singles title. “That was already an amazing achievement. We have to give her a lot of credit because to be very strong very young and then to wait that long to win again, to perform well … when you win the French Open juniors, everybody is expecting you to break into the top pretty fast, but it took her a while; she finally found her stability, maybe with the family, the husband, the coach," El-Aynaoui told Arab News.
“We saw the last US Open, the two women’s finalists were newcomers. I think it’s a good time for Ons. Being top 10 is already amazing, but I would love to see her, why not, winning a slam or runner-up in a slam, that would be even greater I think,” he added.
Tunis or Arab countries in general don't really have much star tennis players. “I wouldn’t call it pressure, I would call it motivation, when you know you’re playing and behind you there is a whole country and so many people supporting you, it gives you wings,” El-Aynaoui said of Jabeur being pretty much the lone star player from Arab countries.