Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retires after Roland-Garros
Former Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has announced he will be retiring after the French Open, hoping to put the finishing touches on an injury-plagued career ahead His public. The 36-year-old Frenchman reached a career-high No.5 in 2012 but fell to No.220 after his last long injury layoff. This means that he cannot automatically enter the main draw at Roland Garros via his ranking and will have to rely on the granting of a wild card entry by the organizers. Tsonga is the first member of a gifted generation of French players that emerged nearly 20 years ago – which also includes Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon – to stop him.
“It’s the last thrill,” Tsonga said in a video. “It will be my 15th Roland. I hope I stay in shape before and can be who I always was in this tournament. ”Tsonga reached the semi-finals twice at Roland Garros, in 2013 and 2015.
He won 18 ATP titles and reached the Australian Open final in 2008, losing to Novak Djokovic. He has a combined 16 wins against the Big Three of Roger Federer (6), Rafael Nadal (4) and Djokovic (6).
In 2017, he also helped France win their first Davis Cup title in 16 years. But injuries have hampered Tsonga recently. The Frenchman underwent surgery on his left knee in 2018 and was then hampered by back problems.
The French Open starts on May 22 in Paris.
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