JUST IN: Ons Jabeur also out of Paris Olympics; explains what prompted that move

Jabeur won't be making her second Olympic appearance this year.

by Dzevad Mesic
JUST IN: Ons Jabeur also out of Paris Olympics; explains what prompted that move
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Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur is out of the Paris Olympics after consulting with her team and realizing that quickly changing surfaces wouldn't be the best thing for her troublesome knee. 

Jabeur, ranked at No. 10 in the world, was the first player from Tunis to make a Grand Slam final and reach the top-10. With that being said, there is no doubt that she would have been one of the top Tunisian athletes at this year's Olympics. 

But Jabeur - who had minor knee surgery in early 2023 - has been bothered by a knee issue for quite some time and earlier this year she was forced to miss some action over her persistent knee injury. 

This week, Jabeur is playing her second tournament of the grass season at a WTA 500 tournament in Berlin. And just before her Berlin opener, Jabeur announced that after the grass season, she won't go back to clay and play on the clay courts of Roland Garros when the Paris Olympics start. 

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In the last few days, Aryna Sabalenka and Emma Raducanu also withdrew from the Paris Olympics. 

Jabeur announces her Paris Olympics withdrawal

"Dear All, after consulting with my medical team regarding attending the Olympics in Paris, we have decided that the quick change of surface and the body's adaptation required would put my knee at risk and jeopardize the rest of my season. Unfortunately, I will not be able to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics," Jabeur said in a statement.

"I have always loved representing my country in any competition, However, I must listen to my body and follow my medical team's advise. Wishing my teammates the best in the Games, and I will be their biggest supporter."

Meanwhile, Jabeur is set to open her Berlin campaign on Tuesday by playing against Wang Xinyu. When Jabeur and world No. 40 Wang meet, it will be their first meeting.

In the past, Jabeur won Berlin in 2022 but failed to defend her title at the tournament last year after losing in the first round.

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