Ons Jabeur’s husband and fitness trainer Karim Kamoun described Serena Williams as “lovely” and added Team Jabeur had a thrill being around the 23-time Grand Slam champion. For her first tournament back in Eastbourne, Williams picked Jabeur to be her doubles partner.
Williams and Jabeur won two matches to reach the Eastbourne semifinal, before an injury forced the Tunisian to pull out of the rest of the tournament. During their time together, Jabeur and her husband invited Williams to Tunisia, and she accepted the invitation.
“Believe me, it was magical. Hanging around Serena’s team was for me like magic,” Kamoun told the Wimbledon website. “Talking with Serena, joking. We invited her to Tunisia. She was so happy, she said, ‘OK I’m coming, I heard that Venus is coming,’ and Ons said, ‘OK, so you come with Venus.’ It was so nice.
I discovered Serena last week and she’s so, so nice. Her heart, I don’t know how to express, to find the words, but she’s so lovely.”
Jabeur’s husband on Williams’ attitude and approach
Williams is one of the greatest champions in tennis history and Kamoun was amazed by how the American is striving for perfection even in her practices.
“First of all, I learned how Serena is acting on court. Even in practice she doesn’t want to miss. She’s hitting the ball and every ball is like she’s playing a match, so every ball counts and she’s so focused on each movement.
I was more focused on how she hits the ball, how she accelerates with the hand and I was watching her and at the same time imagining what I can do with Ons, in fitness – my job – how to get similar things to do with Ons like Serena is doing,” Kamoun added.
Meanwhile, Jabeur has made a strong start at Wimbledon as she saw off Mirjam Bjorklund 6-1 6-3. Jabeur has said several times that her goal is to win her maiden Grand Slam this fortnight and she is considered among top favorites for the title.