Children as journalists:­ a Ons in a lifetime chance
February 12 2019 12:29 AM
Ons Jabeur
Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur (in pink outfit) poses with young players at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex yesterday.

The Qatar Tennis Federation is known to come up with unique concepts. Yesterday they organised a press conference with Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur ranked 56th in the world. But it was not journalists who were asking questions but wide-eyed children, mostly young tennis players affiliated to the federation. The questions they asked, however, were not childish by any stretch of imagination. We reproduce excerpts Jabeur’s Q&A with kids here.
Q. Which surface is your favourite and why?
A: Good question. I like grass because it goes good with my dropshots and slices and drive people crazy, so I like it (smiling).
Q. What is your formula to be a successful and top tennis player? And what is your best advice to young tennis players?
A: I’m very proud to represent my country and all Arabic countries in my sport. My advice is to trust yourself and pursue your dream. Never get tired and do hard work to reach your dreams.
Q. How often do you practice?
A: Per day, like, around five to six hours. Every day till probably Saturday. I take some time off on Saturday afternoon and Sunday off. I’m allowed, right (smiling)?
Q. What is your favourite 
A: Hmm. Now? My favourite song? Let me check my phone. It’s actually a French song from Soul King. Do you know Soul King? No, you don’t know probably. Do you speak French? So you listen to it. It’s 
Q. As you come every year to Qatar, what is your favourite place in Doha?
A: Favourite place? I like Souq Waqif. It’s good there. 
Q. If you were not a tennis player, what would you like to be?
A: Well, before, I wanted to be a doctor, but then I know how much work they do. Now, I don’t know, I still want to be doctor, but I still have to put a lot of effort in that.
Q. In case your kids are talented in tennis, are you going to lead them to pursue tennis?
A: I don’t know. Maybe. I’m going to let them do whatever they want. I’m not going to pressure them to do anything. And if they want to be professional, I’m going to tell them it’s going to be a little bit hard, but I’m going to try to push them and help them as much as I can.

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