Ons Jabeur is definitely one of the revelations at the Roland Garros this week. The world no. 114 Tunisian player became the first Arab player to advance into the third round at a Grand Slam event, beating the sixth seeded player Dominika Cibulkova.
A progressive improvement mentally and physically for Jabeur, who was one of the 14 players to receive a $50,000 grant from ITF. 'Of course it changed everything,' said Jabeur, who lost on Friday to Timea Bacsinszky.
'First I don't have to think about the money, I don't have to think about anything. I just have to focus on tennis, on how I play on court.I would like to thank the ITF for this opportunity that they gave me. I'm really honored to have this, and as you see, it's helping me a lot, from the beginning of the year, so I'm playing no pressure with the how to pay the staff and how to pay the everything.For me, it's unbelievably helpful.
I hope if anyone can get it next year, it will be really helpful for them. Financially, I had lots of difficulties. It wasn't good, because I couldn't have all the staff I wanted with me. And then I had a nice proposal, a good academy, a good coach.
From that point onward, I was ready to give 100% of myself. I didn't have to wonder where to practice, when to practice.So that means 50% of my worries went away. I felt lighter, I started practicing better, playing better.
If you feel good in your head, then your results improve.' Asked if she will follow Radaman, Jabeur was cautious: 'It's hard to think about Ramadan. I mean, I cannot eat or drink, but just like after, you know, the month, when I have time, I'm just gonna, like, get back the taste that I ate, like, day by day.
Obviously I cannot do 30 days in a row, but I just have to do it before the next Ramadan, for sure. If you guys can help me -- but I don't think it's possible.' ALSO READ: ROLAND GARROS - WOMEN'S SINGLES: Pliskova, Halep advance, Bouchard out