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Former World No.5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Unsure If He Will Play French Open Again

One of France’s most successful players in recent time bowed out of Roland Garros on Monday.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga says playing his first round match at the French Open in front of fans has given him a ‘boost’ but admits that retirement from the sport may not be too far away.

 

The 36-year-old took to the Court Suzanne Lenglen on Monday evening to play Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka. Despite putting up a valiant fight the Frenchman was ousted 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5). Cheered on by the crowd Tsonga produced 37 winners against 36 unforced errors before crashing out of his home Grand Slam in what was his 12th main draw appearance there.

(I’m) Disappointed to have lost. I would have liked to push him into a fifth set and go see what’s going on there. But I am also satisfied. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve managed to develop a game that comes a little closer to what I’m capable of doing,” Tsonga told reporters.
“However, it remains a defeat at Roland Garros and it is always heartbreaking to go out of there in the first round.’
“After all these hardships, it would have been nice to be rewarded a little. I try to continue to work and I hope that at some point things will smile a little more to me and that I will manage to find a little more physical capacity.”

At his high Tsonga was consistently ranked inside the top 20 for a decade until 2018 when injury struck. In a recent interview with The Guardian he spoke about his chronic back condition which is linked to calcified ligaments that can cause inflammation and other issues. The injury resulted in him missing 14 months of the Tour before returning in March.

Now approaching the closing stages of his career, Tsonga’s latest experience at the French Open was also bittersweet. His match was scheduled at the end of the day and continued after the local curfew. Meaning that he finished what may have been his final match at Roland Garros in silence as fans had to leave the venue.

“It was touching. It gave me little chills and I couldn’t help but smile at them (the crowd). I’m glad I got to taste this again,” he said.
“Afterwards, it is true that the situation was funny, when everyone had to go right in the middle (of the match) and no one wanted to do it. They were all there: “Do something, Jo!” But I couldn’t do anything … It was sad.”

In the short-term Tsonga is optimistic that he will feel more comfortable on the grass following his recent performance in Paris. As for the long-term, he admits himself that he doesn’t know what the future has in store. Acknowledging that it is possible this year’s French Open might have been his last.

“I can’t assure anything at all,” he replied when asked if he would be returning to Roland Garros. “The thing that is certain is that if I do not win a lot of matches, I will be quite far in the standings. There is the desire, and the reality of things. It will be time to make decisions if I no longer fit into this kind of tournament.”

Tsonga reached the final of the 2008 Australian Open and has won 18 ATP titles so far in his career.

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Andy Murray Explains ‘Crushing’ Feeling After Olympics Exit

Andy Murray explained his emotions after exiting the Olympics today.

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Andy Murray admits he feels ‘crushed’ after losing in the Men’s Doubles quarter-finals at the Olympics.

 

The two-time Olympic gold medallist failed in his attempt to win a medal for a third consecutive Olympics after him and Joe Salisbury lost to Croatian duo Ivan Dodig and Marin Cilic 4-6 7-6(2) 10-7.

It means that Murray will likely not win another Olympic medal with this expected to be his last Olympic Games.

On social media Murray admitted that he was crushed about today’s result:

Having been a set and a break up it looked like that Murray was going to have a fairytale ending to his Olympic career.

However the Croatians turned the match around to seal victory and a place in the semi-finals.

Murray also spoke to BBC Sport about whether he will indeed compete at another Olympics, “I don’t know if I’ll get the opportunity to play again,” the three time grand slam champion added.

“I’ve loved every minute of playing in the Olympics. I wished today could have gone differently. I had another chance with Joe to win a medal. We were so close, and that’s what’s disappointing. I would like to have done some stuff differently in the match to try to help out more. Very disappointed.”

Murray will now look ahead to the US hard court season where he will look to compete at this year’s US Open where he is one withdrawal away from the main draw.

As for Cilic and Dodig they will now face New Zealand duo Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus.

The other semi-final will see top seed Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic take on US duo Austin Krajicek and Tennys Sandgren.

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Novak Djokovic Thrashes Davidovich Fokina To Set Nishikori Showdown At Olympics

Novak Djokovic moved into the last eight at the Olympics where he will face Kei Nishikori next.

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Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic gold medal continues after a convincing 6-3 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

 

The world number one’s bid for the golden slam rolls on after a dominating straight sets win over the Spaniard.

Despite the win the top seed had to defend break points early on as Davidovich Fokina showed early signs of consistent aggression.

Davidovich Fokina’s all-round game was working effectively on return and the Spaniard managed to save two break points himself with some neat patterns of play.

However Djokovic eventually grinded out the break for a 3-1 lead as his defensive skills were too strong for the Spaniard.

After that the Spaniard did well to fend off Djokovic’s returning pressure as he maintained a good percentage of 1st serve points won.

However the Serb eventually served out the opening set in 47 minutes in a strong performance.

From there the Serb increased his level and intensity as he made Davidovich Fokina work harder than the first serve.

A flawless second set display was enough as Djokovic broke three times to seal his place in the quarter-finals.

The win means Kei Nishikori stands in Djokovic’s way of competing in a medal match as the Serb looks to win the one thing that has alluded his career and that is a gold medal.

Nishikori beat Ilya Ivashka to make the last eight after winning 7-6(7) 6-0 in just over two hours.

Alexander Zverev also went through to the Olympics quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The German will now face Jeremy Chardy in the last eight after the Frenchman ended Liam Broady’s run in Tokyo.

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Svitolina Beats Giorgi to Reach Semis in Tokyo

Elina Svitolina has guaranteed herself a medal match after beating Camila Giorgi in Tokyo.

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The world number six booked her spot in the final four after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy.

 

Elina Svitolina is into the semi-finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics almost guaranteeing herself a medal after beating the world number 61 and Italian in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 serving 6 aces and hitting 13 winners in the while Giorgi hit 32 unforced errors in the loss.

The Ukrainian went on the attack from the word play earning two breakpoints in the match’s opening game as the Italian seemed to get off to a slow start and she made her pay by getting the early break.

After consolidating the break the number four seed was hungry for more getting two more chances to break and breaking once more to go up a double break.

At 5-1 the Ukrainian had two set points but failed to convert and the Italian took advantage of it breaking back the very next game with a stunning forehand winner to get one of the breaks back.

The world number six eventually served out the first set and continued to ride the momentum into the second set where just like the beginning of the first set she broke in the first game and cruised from there.

At 3-1, she had three more chances to go up a double break once again and she earned it with a sublime forehand winner up the line before getting broken the very next game.

Despite giving one of the breaks back, Svitolina could serve out the match and will play Marketa Vondrousova in the last four.

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