Tunisian Tennis Star Ons Jabeur to Donate WTA Finals Prize Money to Gaza Relief
Tennis star Ons Jabeur's emotional pledge to donate a portion of her WTA Finals prize money to support Palestinians in Gaza.
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Tunisian tennis sensation Ons Jabeur announced her intention to donate a portion of her prize money from the ongoing Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Finals to support Palestinians affected by the conflict in Gaza. Following her victory over Marketa Vondrousova in Cancun, Jabeur, often referred to as Tunisia's unofficial "Minister of Happiness," displayed both joy and sorrow.
Expressing her emotions, Jabeur revealed, "I am very happy with the win, but I haven't been happy lately." She went on to address the global situation and the heart-wrenching images emerging from Gaza, where civilians, including children and babies, face the devastating consequences of the conflict.
"It's very tough seeing children, babies dying every day," she said, prompting applause from the crowd. "It's heartbreaking, so I have decided to donate part of my prize money to help the Palestinians."
Jabeur, a prominent advocate for social issues in the Middle East and North African region, emphasized her desire for peace in the world and the importance of humanity. Her commitment to contributing to the Palestinian cause reflects her deep empathy for the ongoing crisis.
The tennis star's emotional reaction continued in her post-match press conference, where she expressed her difficulty in finding restful sleep due to the distressing images and videos from Gaza. Jabeur shared her feelings of hopelessness and a strong desire for global peace and humanity restoration.
Jabeur's decision to donate part of her prize money is a heartfelt gesture of solidarity, even though she recognizes that it may not completely alleviate the suffering endured by the Palestinians. She also revealed her plans to establish a foundation in the near future to provide support to people facing various challenges, reinforcing her commitment to making a positive impact beyond her tennis career.
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