Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has offered help to Ines Ibbou after the latter took a dig at World No.3 Dominic Thiem, who criticized the lower-ranked players of being less professional as he refused to contribute for the Player Relief Funds.
Earlier, World No.1 Novak Djokovic along with the ATP, WTA, ITF, and the boards of the four Grand Slams created a plan to financially help the lower-level players during the global health crisis. However, Thiem refused to donate money for the program.
He explained that tennis players are not starving and he would like to help the people who really need it. The Austrian also suggested that there are players outside of Top 700 who are worthy of support and the money should go to the right person. Consequently, his comments did not go down well with the tennis fraternity as he faced a lot of criticism from all around the globe.
“Algeria cannot lose a sporting talent like Ines Ibbou” – President
Subsequently, Ines Ibbou penned an open letter to Thiem, revealing her sacrifices for the game and still not being able to make a living from the sport. The Algerian star told Thiem that the players at the lower-level echelons did not ask anything from him. However, they at least expect a ‘bit of respect for the sacrifices’ made by players like her.
Following her moving letter, Ibbou received widespread support from all around the world. Now, the Algerian President has also come out to offer his support to Ines.
“Algeria cannot lose a sporting talent like Ines Ibbou, who is very young and a flower of giving, in a specialty that rarely gives birth to Algerians who excel in it. All my support, support, and wishes for success in you, God willing,” Algerian President wrote on Twitter.
Read More: “We Didn’t Ask Anything From You” – Dominic Thiem Gets a Letter From Algerian Tennis Player
There are certainly many players like Ines Ibbou who are struggling to make ends meet. We hope that tennis unites during these tough times and help these players to survive during the pandemic.