Basketball superstar Salah Mejri has hit the big time after signing a deal with the Dallas Mavericks, making him the first ever Tunisian to play in the world famous NBA league.
The 29-year-old’s latest success comes hot on the heels of a two season stint with Spanish hoops side Real Madrid.
Mejri, originally from Jendouba near the Algerian border has signed a three year contract with the team although the exact transfer fee is as of yet unknown.
Measuring 2 meters 17cm, has enjoyed a successful career in Europe and with the Tunisian national side after initially kickstarting his career by taking part in the Sports Star of Sahel competition.
He left Tunisia in 2010, to join the ranks of Belgian club Antwerp Giants where he spent two years before joining Spanish side Blusens Monbus.
Mejri finally signed for Real Madrid ay ear later.
On the national front he was voted best player of the African Basketball Championship in 2011 and best blocker at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
He told fans the big news via Facebook after it was announced on the Dallas Mavericks website late last night.
He wrote: “Your dream, my dream, our dream became true, after a long negociation, it is official now i am part of the #mavs”.
Speaking about the deal, he told journalists: “My career has progressed like a video game. I started with the ESS , and then I went to Belgium before joining Real Madrid. Now I am in the NBA. But now I have to keep the same pace of work as I am not yet not content with this result.”
Zeineb Marzouk is a journalist at Tunisia Live newsroom. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in English language at the university of Human and social science of Tunis (FSHST). Zeineb speaks Arabic, English, French, and Italian.