MUMBAI, April 6 (Reuters) – Tunisian trailblazer Ons Jabeur is holed up in New York due to the coronavirus pandemic and says she is contemplating taking up dancing to remain fit as the tennis world finds innovative ways to deal with the lockdown.
The 25-year-old became the first Tunisian and the first Arab woman to make a Grand Slam quarter-final at the 2020 Australian Open in Melbourne, where she lost to eventual champion Sofia Kenin of the United States.
She also reached the last eight of the Qatar Open in Doha and is currently on a career-high world ranking of 39.
But her rapid rise has been somewhat checked with the tennis season currently suspended until at least mid July with both the claycourt season and grasscourt events wiped out due to the coronavirus-induced travel restrictions.
“I’m not allowed to eat much as I’m not moving much,” a smiling Jabeur