An emotional Ons Jabeur said she would donate part of her WTA Finals prize money to Palestinians after avenging her Wimbledon final defeat to Marketa Vondrousova on Wednesday.
After earning her first win of the week at the season-ending championships in Cancun, Tunisia's Jabeur choked back tears as she spoke on court.
"I am very happy with the win, but I haven't been happy lately," said the only Arabic woman to reach a Grand Slam final.
"The situation in the world doesn't make me happy," Jabeur added as she broke down in tears, before composing herself enough to talk about the Israel-Hamas conflict.
"It's very tough seeing children, babies dying every day," she said.
"It's heartbreaking, so I've decided to donate part of my prize money to help the Palestinians.
"I cannot be happy with just this win, with what is happening. I'm sorry guys, it's supposed to be about tennis, but it's very frustrating looking at videos every day.
"I'm sorry -- it's not a political message, it's just humanity. I want peace in this world and that's it."
Later, in her post-match press conference, the 29-year-old Jabeur said it had been a challenge to focus on tennis.
"I try to stay off social media as much as I can, but it's very tough," Jabeur said.
"You go through videos, photos, they're horrible, horrible photos every day. It doesn't help me sleep or recover very well and the worst thing is I feel hopeless.
"Maybe donating some money would help a little bit with what they have been going through. But I know money doesn't mean anything right now to them. So I wish freedom for everybody and really peace for everyone."
Jabeur must beat world number two Iga Swiatek in the final match of round-robin play on Friday to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals in Mexico.
"I really work hard to get to this Court as this was my first appearance. I have had very good preparation for the matches. I still feel that I have more stamina and improving with every match. I hope this preparation will continue,” the Czech star said.
Second-seeded Ons Jabeur pulled double duty to reach the final at the Birmingham grass-court tournament, after winning twice on Saturday after a washout the day before.
Tunisian trailblazer Ons Jabeur is holed up in New York due to the coronavirus pandemic and says she is contemplating taking up dancing to remain fit as the tennis world finds innovative ways to deal with the lockdown.
The tennis season stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic should only resume next March and tournaments that have already been completed this year should not be played in the 2021 season, Australian Open quarter-finalist Ons Jabeur said.
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