Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka has high praise for Ons Jabeur, describing the Tunisian as her “ideal player to play with.”
Jabeur is having the finest season of her career and is one of the Tour’s best stories in 2021.She reached three finals this year, won her first title in Birmingham in June.
Ons Jabeur reached the semifinals of the Indian Wells Masters last week and became the first Arab player to break into the top ten on Monday.
“She’s my dream player to play. I’m such a huge fan of her. I think she’s amazing.
“The history that she’s making in the part of the world where sports are not necessarily that accessible; I just can’t wait to see how much further she can go,” Azarenka said as per reports on Arab News.
“Obviously she’s an incredible player. The improvement she has done throughout, I wouldn’t necessarily only talk this year, but the last couple years, to really step up her game, improve her fitness level.
“I’m a huge fan. I’m just fan-girling here completely,” Azarenka added.
Azarenka emphasizes the significance of mental health
Azarenka emphasized the significance of mental health at Indian Wells, saying that it should be taken as seriously as physical health.
“I think the world is changing their perception of what mental health is.
“We have that empathy when we see somebody who is physically hurt and you can go, ‘Oh’, and feel a certain emotion, emphatic emotion towards somebody,” Azarenka said.
“Mental health is something that is invisible. I think it is as strong, as powerful as any physical health.
“Hopefully there will be a lot more tools out there how to cope with this, how to deal with this. Yeah, I mean, awareness is really, really important.”