Born in 1985, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the final at the 2008 Australian Open (defeated by Novak Djokovic) and the semifinals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, without considering the quarterfinals played on three occasions also at the US Open in Flushing Meadows. Beaten by Roger Federer in the last act of the 2011 ATP Finals and former number 5 in the world rankings, Tsonga has won 18 titles over the course of his career, including the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Today out of the top 60 players in the men’s ranking, Jo suffered his third consecutive defeat on the Tour at the Lyon tournament, where he was beaten in two sets by the American Tommy Paul. In an interview also published by the Punto de Break site, the former transalpine top 10 spoke of the possible retirement from professional tennis: “I think there must be much clearer signs that I will no longer enjoy playing this sport if I want to. make the decision to retire. I will continue to work, focused on the day, no questions asked. I don’t know if I’ll go back to the level of 2019, when I felt comfortable. It is difficult because I have had to change the way I move on the pitch, I have physical problems that complicate everything, even if I feel much less pain than months ago. I’m really disappointed, I don’t like to lose”. This year, Tsonga has only won one of his six games: he did it in Marseille, where he overtook the other Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez with a tough score of 3-6 6-4 7-5. The Frenchman had participated in the ATP 500 in Barcelona a few weeks ago, immediately making up for a defeat against Egor Gerasimov in two sets. Jo’s last major circuit event was the Moselle Open in Metz in 2019, when he beat Slovakian Aljaz Bedene 6-7 7-6 6-3 in the final. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga recently showered rich praise on Rafael Nadal, and talked up the Spaniard’s claim to the title of ‘GOAT’.
Tsonga pays tribute to Rafael Nadal
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga believes Rafael Nadal will be considered the greatest player of all time once he manages to win his 21st Grand Slam. “Considering that he is five years younger than Federer, what he has done is exceptional,” Tsonga said. “Today we cannot question that he was the one who won the most. If he were to overtake Roger with the number of Grand Slam titles, there would definitely be no more debate about the greatest player of all time. Today there is no one who doubts that he is the inevitable favorite, you ask all the players, even those who are able to beat him today, they think he is the favorite,” Tsonga said. “There is no doubt, he has won 13 times in 15 years, it’s just out of the ordinary. If there is one favorite, it’s Rafael Nadal.”