Andy Roddick explains why he is a fan of Ons Jabeur



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Andy Roddick explains why he is a fan of Ons Jabeur

Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick reveals he is an Ons Jabeur fan and he has tipped the Tunisian to become a Grand Slam champion. Jabeur, 28, has made tennis history by becoming the first Arab to reach a Grand Slam final and to break into the top-10.

In Tunisia, Jabeur is called "Wazeerat Al Sa’ada" - when translated to English, it means "Minister of Happiness." One of the reasons why Roddick is a fan of Jabeur is her friendly personality. “Her game draws you in, the emotion with which she plays; I think the variety with which she plays.

As a fan of hers, I think it’s simultaneously stressful and amazing that I don’t know what’s coming next,” Roddick told Eurosport. “But I think the thing that makes me a fan is you hear behind the scenes what other people say about her.

And if you hear it enough times, you probably know that it’s true. So I think that makes you a fan also”.

Roddick on Jabeur: No reason for her not to win a Major

Jabeur reached her first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, before losing to Elena Rybakina.

Now, Jabeur has been through to her first US Open semifinal after defeating Ajla Tomljanovic. “She is a more complete player – I could play on two surfaces, not all of them. So that lends itself to her having four chances a year, as opposed to maybe I had a chance in Australia, but definitely not in Paris,” Roddick explained.

“Her game seems to translate and she seems to have the tennis IQ to switch in and out. (An) Open (draw) just means that our next champions haven’t won yet, that’s all it is. It means the familiar faces are getting older, or not present, or are injured, or we are in a transitional period.

There’s no reason for her not to win a Grand Slam. You could say that there are people that she is probably better than that have won”. Jabeur plays Caroline Garcia in the US Open semifinal.