TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia will organise an official reception for tennis participant Ons Jabeur after she grew to become the primary Arab to attain a Grand Slam singles remaining at Wimbledon, the nation’s sport minister stated on Friday.
The 27-year-old third seed, dubbed the Minister of Happiness in her homeland, additionally grew to become the primary African lady to attain the showpiece match on the All England Club after her 6-2 3-6 6-1 victory over shut pal Tatjana Maria on Thursday.
”Tunisians have forgotten their issues, all are happy with Ons… She is de facto the Minister of Happiness,” stated sports activities minister Kamel Deguich.
Tunisians are affected by a unhealthy financial state of affairs, whereas public funds are about to collapse, amid a extreme political disaster since President Kais Saied seized management of the chief energy after which dissolved the parliament.
But Jabeur’s success on courtroom has at the very least given many Tunisians some respite from unhealthy information.
“There shall be an official reception on the highest degree and a huge widespread reception for Ons upon her return to Tunisia,” Deguich stated.
The minister added he’ll journey to London to attend the ultimate on Saturday.
Jabeur has been a trailblazer all through her profession, final 12 months turning into the primary Arab participant to win a WTA title, the primary to crack the highest 10 on this planet rankings and the primary to attain the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
She has moved up a degree this 12 months and stated that Wimbledon was a specific focus for her, stunning on condition that as a youngster studying the sport she by no means even noticed a grass courtroom and her ambition was to win the French Open.