Andy Roddick sent a message of encouragement to Ons Jabeur after the Tunisian's heartbreaking Wimbledon final loss, writing he has more belief in her winning Wimbledon one day than he had in himself. After losing to Elena Rybakina in the 2022 Wimbledon final, Jabeur suffered back-to-back final losses at The Championships after Marketa Vondrousova handed the Tunisian a 6-4 6-4 loss in this year's final at The All England Club.
With that loss, 28-year-old Jabeur lost her third Grand Slam final in 12 months as she was also beaten by Iga Swiatek in the 2022 US Open final. After losing this year's Wimbledon final as well, Jabeur became very emotional as it was evident that she was crushed and devastated by the outcome.
Roddick, who lost three Wimbledon finals to Roger Federer, reached out to Jabeur - who once revealed that the American was her idol growing up.
Roddick reached out to Jabeur
"I was sad for Ons after Wimbledon. On top of being a great player and a great person, her story is incredible.
Coming from Tunisia, trailblazing for that part of the world, being so dynamic and comfortable in that role – she has a lot to be proud of. I actually sent her a message after the final and said, 'Listen, if you ever want to chat, I’ve been where you are right now.
But I have more faith in you winning Wimbledon than I ever had in myself winning Wimbledon,'" Roddick wrote for Betway, as quoted by Sportskeeda. Jabeur has yet to play after Wimbledon as the Tunisian withdrew from this week's WTA 1000 event in Montreal due to an injury.
Roddick is hoping Jabeur returns healthy and wins a Grand Slam in the near future. "I just hope she doesn’t feel the need to rush back. Take a breath, take a minute, make sure you prepare, and keep your fitness going. There are still a few weeks leading up to the US Open. She’s someone I really hope wins a Grand Slam title at some point," Roddick said.
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