Ons Jabeur's heartbreaking tears over the war in Gaza

The Tunisian tennis player decides to donate part of her prize money in Cancun to the Palestinians

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Ons Jabeur's heartbreaking tears over the war in Gaza
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Ons Jabeur is ready to fight for the semi-finals of these WTA Finals, but in the meantime she shed painful tears for the victims of the war in the Gaza Strip. The finalist of the last edition of Wimbledon defeated Marketa Vondrousova in two sets, with the result of 6-4, 6-3, taking revenge for that match against the Czech number one.

And the revenge on the Mexican court leads the Slam finalist to remain in the running in group B. Iga Swiatek dominates and is one step away from winning the group and reaching the semi-final. Coco Gauff becomes her main opponent for the second place up for grabs.

For Jabeur, however, the fundamental qualifying victory against the Czech tennis player takes second place at the moment. A moment in which geopolitics talks about the conflict in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas forces.

For this reason, Ons bursts into tears in the middle of the post-victory interview with the WTA microphones and makes an announcement: not a political message, she says, but a stance from a human point of view on what is happening.

The touching words and tears of Ons Jabeur

"I'm very happy with the victory, but lately I haven't been very happy. The situation in the world doesn't make me happy. I feel like... I'm sorry," Jabeur says before bursting into tears in Cancun over what is happening in the Middle East. "It's very hard to see children and newborns dying every day.

It's heartbreaking. I decided to donate part of my prize money to help the Palestinians. I can't be happy with this victory. It's not a political message, it's humanity. I want peace in this world. That's all," concludes the Tunisian tennis player after her straight-sets victory against Vondrousova.

Below you can watch the on-court interview after Ons' win over Vondrousova:

Ons Jabeur