An emotional Ons Jabeur said she will donate some of her WTA Finals prize money to Palestine after avenging her Wimbledon final loss to Marketa Vondrousova on Wednesday.
After claiming her first championship win of the season in Cancun, Jaber of Tunisia choked back tears as she spoke on court.
“I’m very happy with the win, but I haven’t been happy lately,” said the only Arab woman to reach a Grand Slam final.
“The state of the world doesn’t make me happy,” Jabeur added as she broke down in tears, before composing herself enough to talk about the Israel-Hamas conflict.
“It’s very difficult to see children, babies dying every day,” he said.
“It’s heartbreaking, so I’ve decided to donate some of my prize money to help the Palestinians.
“I can’t be happy just with this win, with what’s happening. Sorry guys, it’s supposed to be about tennis, but it’s so frustrating to watch videos every day.
“I’m sorry — it’s not a political message, it’s just humanity. I want peace in this world and that’s it.”
Later, at the post-match press conference, the 29-year-old Jabeur said it was a challenge to focus on tennis.
“I try to stay off social media as much as I can, but it’s really hard,” Jabeur said.
“You go through videos, pictures, it’s horrible, horrible pictures every day. It doesn’t help me sleep or recover very well and worst of all it makes me feel hopeless.
“Maybe donating some money would help a little with what they’ve been through. But I know money means nothing right now to them. So I wish freedom for everyone and really peace for everyone.”
Jabeur must beat world number two Iga Swiatek in the final round-robin match on Friday to have any chance of advancing to the semi-finals in Mexico.
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