“The Jasmin Open is a good opportunity to play in front of the Tunisian public who have always supported me”

AA / Tunis / Hend Abdessamad

“Choose happiness”, is the calligraphic message in Arabic on the t-shirt of the ambassador of happiness, the Tunisian tennis player, Ons Jabeur, who attended the press conference held to present the “Jasmin Open 2022” , scheduled for October 1 to 9 in Monastir (central-eastern Tunisia).

The “Jasmin Open” is an international women’s professional tournament with a “Prize money” of 250 thousand dollars. This competition is one of 29 WTA 250 tournaments around the world.

Organized for the first time in Tunisia, this tennis event, under the aegis of the Tunisian Tennis Federation (FTT) with the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Tourism, brings together 32 Top 100 tenniswomen in the running.

This is the 2nd tournament of the WTA women’s professional circuit organized in Africa and the 4th in the Arab world after those of Dubai, Doha and Rabat.

Women’s tennis icon Ons Jabeur will be seeded number 1 ahead of Russian Veronika Kudermetova and Italian Martina Trevisan respectively seeded number 2 and 3.

Choosing Monastir, a coastal city in the Tunisian Sahel, was well thought out, this region which saw the beginnings of Jabeur (native of Ksar Hellal) has been a real catalyst for Tunisian tennis for years.

The “Jasmin Open” will take place on the Courts of the Family Skanes Resort Monastir hotel, having been fitted out exclusively for the tournament with a Central Court with a capacity of 2,500 people meeting WTA standards, among other lighting for night matches.

Lovers of the yellow ball in Tunisia will have an appointment for the first time with their “Onstoppable” since she joined the Top 10, “it’s a very good opportunity to play in front of the Tunisian public in Monastir, this public , who was always there for me during all the tournaments,” Ons Jabeur said in a statement given to Anadolu Agency.

“I am very excited and very happy to play in this tournament,” she added with a jovial tone.

The champion, determined, as her audience has always known her, maintained “I will do my best to reach the final”.

The tourism ambassador, nicknamed him, Moez Ben Hassine, Tunisian Minister of Tourism, having proposed the tennis player as the face of “Inspiring Tunisia”, told Anadolu Agency “the organization of a event of international scope such as a WTA 250 tennis tournament, is a dream-challenge that we will take up together with our partners the FTT and the Ministry of Sports”.

“This kind of event will further promote the Tunisian destination as a tourist destination”, underlined the Tunisian official by projecting “it will also make Tunisia a kind of hub for major sports tournaments”.

Ben Hassine concluded by betting “we will see, Tunisia, in the next few years, organize WTA 500 or even WTA 1000 tournaments, all you need is a good start, such as the Jasmin Open”.

It should be remembered that the victorious player of the tournament will pocket 280 WTA points.

List of registered players

Ons Jabeur 2nd

Veronika Kudermetova 13th

Martina Trevisan 27th

Sorana Cirstea 38th

Alison Van Uytvanck 42nd

Elise Mertens 43rd

Anastasia Potapova 45th

Petra Martic 46th

Jasmine Paolini 55th

Clara Tauson 59th

Nuria Prirrizas Diaz 63rd

Ann Li 64th

Magda Linette 67th

Lin Zhu 69th

Dianne Parry 71st

Kaja Juvan 72nd

Varvara Gracheva 80th

Claire Liu 81st

Jaqueline Cristian 87th

Tamara Zidansek 91st

Evgenia Rodina 564th


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