September 21, 2023

Open Court


With the news that fan favorite Ons Jabeur won’t be in Montreal for this year’s Omnium Banque Nationale, we dipped into the Open Court archives to her very first match in Canada.

It was in Toronto (the tournament was then called the Rogers Cup) in 2019. And Jabeur, ranked No. 60 at the time, was the No. 8 seed – in the qualifying.

She played Canadian wild card Françoise Abanda in the first round, on the Grandstand Court.

And looking back from her current status entrenched in the top 10, we’d pretty much forgotten a Jabeur feature back in her earlier years: she would occasionally have some … digestive challenges.

On court.

That’s what happened against Abanda.

But Jabeur was as cool as could be about it, basically … hanging in there until the chair umpire came down and improvied a solution so that she could go about her business without it becoming a SportsCentre highlight.

The only people slightly traumatized were the fans sitting closest to her.

Here’s what it looked like.

But she did her business, and got back to the business of winning the match, 6-4, 6-3.

Jabeur ended up losing in the final round of qualifying to American lefty Francesca Di Lorenzo in three sets.

Ahhh, memories.

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