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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will retire after the French Open

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will retire after the French Open with 36-year-old hoping for one ‚last thrill‘ in front of his home crowd at Roland Garros after recent years were blighted by injuries

  • French Open, which begins on May 22, will be Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s curtain call
  • 36-year-old has slipped to world No 220 after injury struggles in recent years
  • His ranking means he can’t enter the draw but he may be handed a wild card
  • Tsonga came closest to a Slam victory when he reached 2008 Aussie Open final 

By Associated Press

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Former Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has announced he will retire after the French Open, where he will hope to put the final touches on an injury-plagued career in front of his home crowd.

The 36-year-old Frenchman reached a career-high ranking of No 5 in 2012, but has dropped to No 220 following his latest lengthy injury lay-off. 

That means he can’t enter the main draw at Roland Garros automatically through his ranking, and will have to rely on being granted a wild-card entry by organisers.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will retire after the upcoming French Open after struggling with injuries

Tsonga was a popular member of the tour and reached a career-high of No 5 back in 2012

C’est avec beaucoup d’émotions que j’annonce aujourd’hui ma décision d’arrêter ma carrière professionnelle lors du prochain tournoi de @rolandgarros ?

It is with great emotion that I announce today my decision to stop my career at the next French Openhttps://t.co/yCmP3wch3o

— Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (@tsonga7) April 6, 2022

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 call it quits.

‚This is the last thrill,‘ Tsonga said in a video. ‚This will be my 15th Roland. I hope that I will stay fit before and be able to be the one I have always been in that tournament.‘

Tsonga reached the semi-finals twice at the French Open, in 2013 and 2015.

Tsonga dives to reach the ball during his first round match at Wimbleton last year

The Frenchman lost out to Novak Djokovic when he made the Australian Open final in 2008

He has won 18 ATP titles and made it to the Australian Open final in 2008, losing to Novak Djokovic. He earned 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 its first Davis Cup title in 16 years. But injuries have hindered Tsonga recently. The Frenchman underwent left knee surgery in 2018 and was then hampered by back problems.

The French Open starts on May 22 in Paris.