Ahead of her landmark Wimbledon semi-final, we find out more about Ons Jabeur’s husband Karim Kamoun – a former fencer turned fitness coach.
Tunisian Ons Jabeur continues to make history. She is into the Wimbledon semi-finals, becoming the first Arab and North African woman to reach this stage of a Grand Slam tournament.
Ons has been a trailblazer for some time. She won her first WTA 1000 title, the Madrid Open, this year to become the first African and Arab player to win a title at that level.
The world no.2 now faces good friend Tatjana Maria in the semi-finals at the All-England club.
The Tunisian star married in 2015
Ons Jabeur’s husband is Karim Kamoun, who actually served as her fitness coach until 2017. Karim Kamoun is a Russian-Tunisian former fencer who represented Tunisia at the African Fencing Championships and the Pan Arab games.
Karim has a Masters Degree in sports science and is now a professional fitness coach.
After two years of dating, the couple tied the knot in 2015 in a relatively private affair:
Ons Jabeur’s husband Karim Kamoun on IG
The couple tend to keep their personal lives out of the limelight but did appear in a WTA video together in 2022 where they asked each other questions fans were dying to know.
Writing about her life with Karim back home in Tunisia, Ons said in her BBC column: “When I go back to Tunisia people are very happy to see me. Even when they’re driving, people sometimes clap and cheer for me.
“My husband, Karim, jokes he doesn’t want to go to the shopping mall with me any more because it gets too busy with people coming up to me. But I love it.”
Karim is also on Instagram @karim_kamoun where he has more than 37k followers. He often shares pictures with Ons and the couple look pretty happy together:
Jabeur embraces pioneering role
Last year, Ons became the first Arab player, man or woman, to be ranked in the world’s top 10. After world no.1 Iga Swiatek was beaten at Wimbledon this year, Ons is now favourite to go all the way.
“I have set my goals very high for this tournament, so I’m going to keep doing that,” she said (via the Guardian). “No matter who’s coming, I’m going to build the fight, I’m going to fight til the end because I really want the title.”
Her mission is much bigger than winning, though, as she wants to embrace her trailblazing role.
“It is not easy,” Jabeur said. “But I love this sport. I want to see more players from the African continent here. I want them to believe more in themselves and believe they can be here. I don’t come from a rich family. So you have to really stop finding excuses and go for it.”
“Inspiring women and girls, especially from the Arab world, and getting them to break boundaries is important to me,” she told the BBC.
“It is a privilege for me to represent Tunisia, the Arab world, and now an entire continent.”
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