Ons Jabeur makes heartbreaking admission ahead of Elina Svitolina match

Jabeur gets candd of her knee issue that has been plaguing her for quite some time.

by Dzevad Mesic
Ons Jabeur makes heartbreaking admission ahead of Elina Svitolina match
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Ons Jabeur made one heartbreaking admission during her Wimbledon press conference as the 29-year-old Tunisian says she has "accepted" that knee pain will always be there and that it will be something that will plague her for the remainder of her career.

In early 2023, Jabeur was hampered by a knee injury, and after an early Australian Open exit, she had a minor procedure on her knee in February. 

But a year and a half later, three-time Grand Slam finalist Jabeur is still being bothered by the same issue and that has been one of the reasons why she hasn't won any titles this year and hasn't had the results she would like. 

“I just have accepted that I’ll always have knee pain. Maybe you see me running good on court but sometimes it’s tougher than other days. I’m very disciplined wish my exercises. I know if I skip one day, the exercises won’t help me at all. That’s why I try to be cautious about it. Definitely it’s part of me right now. A big part of it is accepting that I’ll always have knee pain," Jabeur said.

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Jabeur's admission comes just before her Wimbledon third-round match, in which she will be facing last year's Wimbledon semifinalist Elina Svitolina. 

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On the brighter part, Jabeur has at least been able to start her Wimbledon run with back-to-back straight sets wins over Mojuka Uchijima and Robin Montgomery. 

And amid her hopes to make her third consecutive Wimbledon final, Jabeur added former Australian Open semifinalist and top-10 player Fernando Verdasco to her staff. 

"His player got injured… so I asked him if he could stay with me. Love his energy. Love his attitude. Love the way he talks to me in Spanish. I don’t even understand what he’s sayings sometimes, but it sounds good. I was always curious about the perspective from a player to a player," Jabeur explained.

"Sometimes I ask him questions like ‘what do you feel in this certain moment?’ I feel like we are connected in a way. I love working with people that love to work with me just to really help me. Sometimes that’s really tough to find. He has a good connection with my coach. It really helps us as a team."

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