Tennis player Anas Jaber offers her racket for sale to help her country

Tunis-ALSHARQIYA  July 12: The Tunisian tennis player, Anas Jaber, decided to sell her racket and donate the amount she gets to help confront the Corona epidemic, which is claiming many lives in Tunisia remarkably, in light of a stifling financial and political crisis.

Jaber said in a video clip that she posted on her social media pages, that she is initially offering her racket for sale, and that she intends to help her countrymen in facing the epidemic.

She revealed that in addition to the amount that she can get from selling the racket, she will donate her own money to support the care of the injured from her countrymen.

Ons Jaber rejoiced the hearts of Tunisians after she became, on Friday, the first Arab woman to reach the eighth final of the English Wimbledon Championships, the third Grand Slam in tennis.

The Arabic-language newspaper Al-Shorouk headlined on its front page, "I continued creativity and defeated the Spanish. Anas Jaber enters the adult club," in a rare scene in a country dominated by football.

Jaber's achievement coincided with a third wave of the Corona virus, similar to a "tsunami", according to health officials, while the hospital filling rate reached 100 percent in different regions.

A closure was imposed on several regions in the country, while gatherings and parties were prohibited in the capital, Tunis, and major cities.

It was difficult to gather and follow Anas' matches in cafes, but Venus Williams, 7-5, 6-0, and then the 2017 Wimbledon champion, Mugurosa, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, did not go unnoticed.

Hospitals in Tunisia have been suffering for two weeks under the weight of the influx of patients in large numbers.

Pictures and videos are circulating on social media showing injured people waiting for their turn to receive treatment in hospital corridors. The percentage of recovery beds occupied by patients exceeded ninety percent, according to the Tunisian Ministry of Health.

And on Sunday, Tunisia appealed to its nationals residing in France to contribute to supporting the health system in their country in light of the catastrophic consequences resulting from the crisis of the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic.

In an Arabic-language Facebook post, the Tunisian embassy urged "Tunisians residing in France (...) to contribute to supporting Tunisian health institutions in this circumstance, by acquiring medical and paramedical equipment and supplies necessary for their benefit, or providing financial assistance."

On Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Tunisian Ministry of Health, Nissaf Ben Alaya, warned that the health situation was "catastrophic" in Tunisia, and the health system had "collapsed", with the number of injuries and deaths rising in recent weeks.


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