Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur honored on postage stamp

Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur is one of 22 Tunisian women honored with commemorative postage stamps issued by the country’s postal services on Saturday.

The stamps were issued to celebrate women who influenced the course of history and events in the country on the day the North African nation marked National Women’s Day.

A photo of the commemorative stamp bearing the likeness of Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur which will be issued by the country’s post office. /TWITTER/@OnsJabeurFans

National Women’s Day is a public holiday in Tunisia celebrated annually on August 13 to commemorate the passing of progressive laws supporting women’s rights in the country.

Jabeur has put his country, and indeed the continent, on the world tennis map following his exploits in the sport, especially over the past two years.

The 27-year-old, who is currently ranked fifth in the world, has set many firsts for African and Arab women, and in some cases for men, as she skyrocketed in the WTA rankings and won several admirers on and outside the field. .

In 2020, she became the first Arab woman to make a Grand Slam quarter-final appearance when she qualified for the last eight at the Australian Open.

In June last year she became the first Arab woman to win a WTA title when she triumphed at the Viking Classic Birmingham and just a month later became the first Arab woman to qualify and play the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

In October of the same year, she became the first Arab player – male or female – to break into the top 10 of the rankings.

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur at an awards ceremony after the 2022 Wimbledon women’s singles final match. /APC

2022 was even more successful as she became the first Arab and North African player to win a WTA1000 event after winning the Madrid Open. She also reached the final at Wimbledon where she suffered a surprise loss to Elena Rybakina. Jabeur also managed to climb up to second place in the WTA rankings.

She has previously said that she wants to inspire young girls from Tunisia, Africa and the Arab world to get involved in tennis. Its success has seen the number of people playing the sport at the Tennis Club de Tunis, the oldest tennis club in the country, increase sharply.

Last month, Jabeur received the Order of Sports Merit from President Kais Saied for his sporting successes and raising Tunisia’s profile in international sporting events.

(Story compiled with help from thread reports)

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