Ons Jabeur will not play in the Arabian Peninsula in February. Through a message posted on social networks on Wednesday, the Tunisian announced that she will undergo a “minor operation” that forces her to withdraw from the WTA 500 tournament in Doha (February 13-18) and WTA 1000 in Dubai (February 19-25).
This beginning of the 2023 season is definitely not ideal for her. Eliminated in the second round of the Australian Open by Marketa Vondrousova and suffering from a knee injury in the Antipodes, Ons Jabeur has decided to take the bull by the horns and undergo surgery. While the surgery she is about to undergo is not a cause for concern, she will miss the WTA 500 in Doha (February 13-18) and the WTA 1000 in Dubai (February 18-25) back-to-back. The Tunisian announced herself Wednesday via a message on social networks.
“In order to take care of my health, my medical team has opted for a minor operation that will allow me to play well when I return to the courts. So I will have to withdraw from Doha and that breaks my heart. I would like to tell all my fans in the Middle East who have been waiting for me how sorry I am. I promise I will be back to you fit and stronger,” the current world number 3 wrote on her Instagram account.
This is undeniably a blow for Jabeur, who is very supported in the Arab world, which she represents brilliantly on the courts. Quarter-finalist in Doha and Dubai last year, she has not specified a return date for the moment. Will she play in Indian Wells and Miami in March or will she opt for a more gradual return to clay court competition? The question is open.
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