Ons Jabeur auctions historic Wimbledon racquet to raise funds for Tunisia's Covid fight

Tunisian player is the first Arab woman to reach the quarter-finals at the All England Club

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Ons Jabeur has announced that she is auctioning off one of her tennis racquets from her historic Wimbledon campaign to raise funds to help her native Tunisia in the fight against Covid-19.

Jabeur, 26, last week became the first Arab woman to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals. She will add a personal donation to the amount collected during the sale of her racquet, and said money raised would be used to buy "drugs and medical equipment".

"It is for a good cause," Jabeur said on Instagram. "I cannot stay here to watch my country go through difficult situations."

The racquet, which Jabeur used in her Wimbledon victories over Venus Williams, Garbine Muguruza and Iga Swiatek in the second, third, and fourth rounds respectively went on sale on Monday for 2,000 dinars ($720).

The auction will last 48 hours with Jabeur hoping to raise enough to fund a resuscitation bed which costs in the region of 30,000 dinars.

Tunisia is facing a record number of Covid-19 cases with public hospitals facing an unprecedented influx of patients.

Tunisia, which has the "highest" Covid-19 death rate in the region according to the World Health Organization, is currently at more than 16,000 deaths for 12 million inhabitants.

Updated: July 13, 2021, 4:35 AM
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