Only recently, the 28-year-old got very close to winning her first Grand Slam title when she made the Wimbledon final. However, she was denied the dream by sensational Marketa Vondrousova, coming short in the Grand Slam final for the third consecutive time.
It was the most painful loss of Jabeur's career, one that made even her husband cry. Many thought that she would want to forget that loss at the Canadian Open, a tournament where she reached the quarterfinals in 2021, but that won't be happening.
After initially appearing on the entry list for the 2023 Canadian Open, also called the National Bank Open, the Tunisian announced in a statement that she wouldn't be competing at this year's tournament; the problem is a knee injury.
"I feel sad that I have to withdraw from the National Bank Open in Montreal. I hope to come back to my fans next year in Canada. Lots of love!"
For the tournament organizers, not having one of the most liked players on the WTA Tour may be a real blow, but despite her withdrawal, Valérie Tétreault, Tournament Director of the National Bank Open, highlighted the strong field that the tournament has.
"We are obviously disappointed that Ons (Jabeur) will not be joining us this year. She is an exceptionally talented player, who is highly appreciated not only by fans but also by the entire tennis community. On the other hand, we still have an extremely strong player field with 19 of the Top 20 players in the world. Fans can therefore expect an unforgettable experience during their visit to IGA Stadium."
Now, Jabeur will want to make sure she recovers in time for the 2023 Cincinnati Masters, and if that doesn't happen, the main focus will surely be at the 2023 US Open, where she's the defending finalist. One event where she'll certainly appear is the farewell match of her friend Anett Kontaveit which will happen on November 11th in Tallinn, Estonia.