Tag: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Australian Open: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulls out with injury

World number 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has pulled out of this month’s Australian Open with an arm injury.

The Frenchman, 29, has been struggling with the injury for over a month and missed the defence of his Hopman Cup title this week.

“I am still suffering from a forearm inflammation that prevents me being 100% in a competition,” said Tsonga.

Britain’s James Ward’s improved ranking means he could receive a late call-up to the Australian Open main draw.

The British number two, 27, moved up six places to a career-high 101 in the latest ATP world rankings and is now just one ranking point outside the top 100.

He is set to contest qualifying at Melbourne Park for the first Grand Slam of the year which starts on 19 January, but is well placed to enter the main draw if players withdraw through injury.

Tsonga reached the final of the 2008 Australian Open, losing to Novak Djokovic and is twice a Wimbledon semi-finalist.

He described the setback as a “big disappointment”, adding in a statement:  “I’m going to receive over three weeks all the needed treatments to be able to be back on track in the best conditions.”

Meanwhile, US Open champion Marin Cilic is a doubt for the Australian Open because of a right shoulder injury.

The world number nine said: “Considering the full recovery and opportunity for practice, it is highly questionable if I will be able to play.”

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Tennis: Rogers Cup: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Roger Federer to win title

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Roger Federer in straight sets to win the Rogers Cup for the first time.

The Frenchman, who recorded impressive wins over Andy Murray andGrigor Dimitrov in the previous rounds, won 7-5 7-6 (7-3) in Toronto.

The first set went with serve until former world number one Federer went long on Tsonga’s first break point.

Federer saved a championship point before Tsonga, 29, claimed his second ATP Masters 1000 title.

The Frenchman’s powerful display against the 17-time Grand Slam winner capped a fine few days in Canada that also saw him down Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, as well as Murray and Dimitrov.

Federer said Tsonga “deserved this title”, adding “he beat some amazing players on the way”.

Tsonga said: “If you believe in something it can happen. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved this week.”

Despite Tsonga winning 93% of points on his first serve, Federer clung on on the first set, and was 30-0 up on Tsonga’s service at 5-5.

But the world number 15 fought back, and after a Federer challenge was overruled at 30-30 in the next game, Tsonga took the set at the first opportunity when the 33-year-old Swiss sent a forehand a long way out.

Federer saved five break points in the second set, but when Tsonga had championship point at 5-4 a shout from the crowd appeared to upset his concentration and allow Federer a life.

However, after he edged ahead in the tie-break Tsonga set himself up for victory with a powerful forehand, before Federer found the net on the next point to give his French opponent his first ATP 1000 title since the Paris Masters in 2008.

Tennis: Tsonga shocks Djokovic in Toronto

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga handed world number one Novak Djokovic a shock 6-2 6-2 third round defeat on Thursday as the Rogers Cup in was rocked by upsets.

A three-time winner on the Canadian hard courts, Djokovic never found his rhythm in Torontom needing a third set tiebreak to get past Frenchman Gael Monfils on Wednesday in his opening match.

Playing his first event as a married man, the Serb had reached the semi-finals or better in all seven tournaments he had played since a quarter-final loss at the Australian Open, winning titles at Indian Wells, Miami, Rome and Wimbledon where he reclaimed the top ranking.

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Tennis: Andy Murray faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in quarter-final

Andy Murray will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-final of the Rogers Cup after his third-round opponent Richard Gasquet pulled out with an abdominal injury.

Frenchman Tsonga earned a shock 6-2 6-2 win over top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic.

The Wimbledon champion looked rusty as he slipped to defeat in 64 minutes.

Swiss world number four Stan Wawrinka was also knocked out, losing 7-6 (10-8) 7-5 to South African Kevin Anderson.

The highest-ranked player now left in the top half of the draw is Murray’s Wimbledon nemesis Grigor Dimitrov, a potential semi-final opponent for the Brit.

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