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Tennis Star Ons Jabeur to Donate WTA Finals Prize Money to Gaza Relief

Tennis Star Ons Jabeur to Donate WTA Finals Prize Money to Gaza Relief

Tennis Star Ons Jabeur to Donate WTA Finals Prize Money to Gaza Relief

Tennis Star Ons Jabeur to Donate WTA Finals Prize Money to Gaza Relief

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  • Ons Jabeur, announced her intention to donate her prize from the ongoing WTA Finals.
  • She made this announcement following her victory against Marketa Vondrousova.
  • Jabeur expressed her emotional commitment to supporting Palestinians.
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Tunisian tennis sensation Ons Jabeur has announced her intention to contribute a portion of her prize earnings from the ongoing Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Finals to provide support for Palestinians who are enduring the impact of the conflict in Gaza, led by Israel.

In an emotionally charged moment, Jabeur, visibly moved, addressed the crowd following her victory against Marketa Vondrousova in Cancun on Wednesday.

“I am very happy with the win, but I haven’t been happy lately,” Jabeur said. When asked if, as Tunisia’s unofficial “Minister of Happiness,” she was pleased to avenge her Wimbledon final loss to Vondrousova.

“The situation in the world doesn’t make me happy,” Jabeur said, she then stepped back from the microphone, overcome with emotion, and the audience in the coastal Mexican town gave Jabeur a round of applause as she regained her composure before addressing the distressing images emerging from Gaza.

“It’s very tough seeing children, babies dying every day,” she said.

“It’s heartbreaking, so I have decided to donate part of my prize money to help the Palestinians.”

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The individual, aged 29, has frequently voiced their opinions on social matters, with a particular focus on the Middle East and North African region.

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“I cannot be happy with just this win, with what is happening. I’m sorry guys, it’s supposed to be about tennis, but it’s very frustrating looking at videos every day.

“I’m sorry – it’s not a political message, it’s just humanity. I want peace in this world and that’s it.”

After her on-court interview, Jabeur displayed clear signs of distress during her post-match press conference.

She expressed her difficulty in getting adequate sleep, attributing it to the distressing images and videos she had seen related to the conflict in Gaza, which she described as “horrifying.”

“I try to stay off social media as much as I can but it’s very tough,” she told reporters.

“You go through horrible photos and videos every day – it doesn’t let me sleep or recover very well.

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“The worst thing is I feel hopeless, I feel like cannot do anything.”
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The world’s seventh-ranked women’s singles player said she has been affected by “seeing babies, women and people dying every day”.

“I wish [for] peace in this world, I wish we could restore humanity.”

Since the Palestinian armed group Hamas conducted deadly attacks in Israel on October 7, there have been a total of 8,796 casualties in Gaza, with 3,648 of them being children and 2,290 women, due to an Israeli bombardment.

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