JOHANNESBURG, Tunisia’s star tennis player Ons Jabeur’s goals, apart from winning matches, is to inspire African players back home to succeed at the highest level.
On Wednesday Jabeur, the first Arab woman to reach the last eight of a grand slam at the Australian Open, thanked Tunisian president Kais Saied, after he called her to congratulate her, as well as her compatriots for their unwavering support, Africa News reported.
I am trying to inspire the younger generation back home either in Tunisia or the Arabic world, especially in Africa, which is amazing, she said.
There is little support for aspiring tennis players in the North African country by government institutions.
However, interest and participation in the sport is growing with the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT,) the continental governing body of tennis on the continent, leading these efforts.
It is the nonprofit private organisation based in Tunis and affiliated with the International Tennis Federation.
The main aim of the CAT is to regulate the rules of tennis on the African continent, to develop the fundamental infrastructures for the sport, and to popularise it throughout the continent.
For this, CAT also recognises the excellence of professionals in the field of tennis, including players and member associations with awards and accolades. It is the largest regional body for tennis, with 50 members.
South Africa, however, has produced numerous international tennis champions, including Kevin Anderson, Amanda Coetzer, Johan Kriek, Wayne Ferreira and Kevin Curran.
Source: African News Agency