July 11, 2024

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Ons Jabeur out of the AO before she even begins

MELBOURNE, Australia – Ons Jabeur ended her highly-successful 2021 season on the disabled list. To the point where she couldn’t play late in the season and nail down a spot in the WTA Finals that likely should have been hers on merit.

And now she begins the 2022 season the same way.

Jabeur did go out and warm up for her first-round match against Nuria Parrizas Diaz of Spain on Monday.

But she couldn’t answer the bell for the match itself.

Giving it a go in practice

Jabeur was out on Court 9 just after 2 p.m., testing things out before the match.

(Random thing about that – it’s very rare to see two top-10 players sharing a practice court, even a warmup court, unless they’re practicing together. But Jabeur and reigning Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova were out there sharing Monday).

Here’s what it looked like.

She didn’t appear to be in any visible distress. But neither was she really pushing it hard.

At some point after that warmup, though, she decided to pull the ripcord.

Jabeur retired in the quarterfinals of the Sydney tournament last week, after losing the first set to her pal Anett Kontaveit.

It was her first match in nearly three months, since the Kremlin Cup in mid-October 2021. She also retired there, in the first round against Ekaterina Alexandrova, down 1-6, 0-1.

In Moscow, it was the right elbow.

Also noteworthy is the kinesio tape up the back of Jabeur’s leg.

The season’s barely begun but there are a lot of walking wounded already.

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