Jabeur Opens Up About Competing During Ramadan

Jabeur Opens Up About Competing During Ramadan

by Alfredo Bassanelli

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Ahead of the 2023 Charleston Open, Ons Jabeur opened up about how the event meets with Ramadan in the calendar.

Despite the physical demands of professional tennis, Jabeur has chosen to observe the holy month of Ramadan, adding another layer of complexity to her performance on the court. This year, Ramadan, a period of fasting, prayer, and reflection observed by Muslims worldwide, coincides with the ongoing Charleston Open.

“Ramadan happens to be the same time as Charleston. Hopefully, in a few years, when Ramadan changes from the date of Charleston, I will be able to enjoy it more."

Jabeur has also adopted a gluten-free diet since Indian Wells. The dietary change has not been easy, especially considering her love for traditional Tunisian cuisine.

“I’ve been gluten-free since Indian Wells. It will be difficult when I go home, because there is no gluten-free couscous."

While Jabeur was getting back into top shape after the first major of the season, a lot happened on the WTA Tour. Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka proved themselves as contenders for the top spot in the rankings and trophies on the biggest stage. On the other hand, the Tunisian slipped to fifth place and she spoke about the players that she may be seeing often.

“Elena won Wimbledon last year. Aryna struggled a bit last year but she regained her confidence. Iga is Iga. I think they have a very powerful game so that’s why it’s great to see them doing amazing. I think it’s great motivation for all of us. I know what great players they are and I think it’s fun to challenge them a bit. I have a completely different game from them so maybe it’s time that I make trouble for them a little bit."


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