Tunisia Open

The Tunisia Open Monastir is a WTA 250 hard-court tennis tournament that takes place in Monastir, Tunisia.

Date: 19 - 25 September
Category: WTA 250
Surface: Hard
Location: Monastir, Tunisia
Venue: Skanes Family Hotel Monastir
Players: 32 players
Prize Money: $267,082
Points: 250 for champion
Draw: TBA
Official website: https://jasminopen.com/

Skanes Family Hotel Monastir hosts the Tunisian Open each season. Sometimes, the competition is referred to as the Jasmin Open Monastir. This competition is one of the more recent additions to the WTA schedule after its introduction in 2022.

It was a late replacement in the women’s tennis calendar following the cancellation of tennis activity in China due to the Peng Shuai controversy. However, the competition was selected to bring a premier tennis competition to Northern Africa.

Partly, this was due to the rising profile of Tunisian player Ons Jabeur. The famous female tennis player was born in Ksar Hellal, just 10 miles from Monastir. As an event with a growing reputation in the WTA, the Tunisia Open Monastir has attracted some top players in recent seasons.

Over the one-week WTA-250 tournament, a 32-player singles draw occurs, while a 16-team doubles event also takes place. In the inaugural 2022 Tunisia Open Monastir, Jabeur was ranked as the highest seed. She joined a talented field, including Veronika Kudermetova, Alize Cornet, and Elise Mertens.

The tournament did not go as planned for Jabeur, as she was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Claire Liu. Eventually, Belgian player Mertens reached the final and won the first-ever Tunisia Open Monastir tournament, defeating Cornet in the last match.

Mertens entered the 2023 tournament as the second seed behind Italian player Jasmine Paolini. The two top seeds both reached the final, with Mertens winning again to notch consecutive Tunisia Open Monastir titles.

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