Ons Jabeur reveals she started crying after receiving a touching message of encouragement from Andy Roddick following her Wimbledon final loss. Jabeur, 28, suffered a devastating loss in this year's Wimbledon final as Marketa Vondrousova upset the Tunisian 6-4 6-4.
For Jabeur, it was her third loss in a Grand Slam final. After falling just short of becoming a Grand Slam champion yet again, Jabeur got very emotional on the court and broke down in tears. "I got a lot of amazing messages.
Like, Andy was one of the ones I was surprised with. And obviously, I was crying, you know, happy crying. I don't know what it was, but it was very nice of him," Jabeur said in Cincinnati.
Roddick's message to Jabeur
Growing up, Jabeur looked up to Roddick and the American was her idol.
After Jabeur lost back-to-back Wimbledon finals and also lost her third Grand Slam final in 12 months, Roddick felt he should reach out to the Tunisian. "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. After skipping last week's WTA 1000 event in Montreal, Jabeur is returning to action this week in Cincinnati.
After Cincinnati, Jabeur will try to become a Grand Slam champion at the US Open, where she ended as runner-up to Iga Swiatek in the final last year.
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