- Ons Jabeur praised David Beckham for motivating her during Wimbledon 2023.
- Jabeur and Beckham spoke about general tennis and football.
- Jabeur hopes to meet more athletes like Beckham in the future.
Ons Jabeur, the runner-up from last year, praised former England star David Beckham following their confrontation this week during Wimbledon 2023, saying it gave her the motivation to do well.
With a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Chinese qualifier Bai Zhuoxuan, Jabeur advanced to the third round of Wimbledon on Friday.
“Such an amazing person. I was really looking forward to meeting him,” she told reporters.
Beckham gave Jabeur a hug, and the sixth-seeded Tunisian made a suggestion that she might have preferred that experience to beat Bai.
Don’t let my husband know, but I did appreciate that hug and our lovely discussion, she pleaded.
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Jabeur stated that they spoke about a variety of subjects, including general tennis and football. Additionally, Beckham showed an interest in possibly attending some games in the United States.
“I love to meet those athletes because I believe I can learn a lot from him. Hopefully, I can meet many more,” she added.
Jabeur finished as runner-up in the last year’s Wimbledon after Elena Rybakina defeated her 3–6, 6–2, 6–2.
That match was the first-ever appearance for the players and their respective countries in the Grand Slams.
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