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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.


Ons Jabeur Becomes Latest Olympics Withdrawal

Ons Jabeur has played the last three Olympic Games but will not compete in Paris.



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Ons Jabeur has become the latest tennis player to withdraw from the Olympic Games.

The Tunisian would have been an outside contender to claim an Olympic medal for her country but has now withdrawn from the event.

Writing a statement on social media, Jabeur took the decision in order to look after her health as she aims to prepare for Wimbledon and the US Open.

It could be Jabeur’s last chance to compete at the Olympic Games with her career nearing towards an end.

The Wimbledon finalist has competed at the last three Olympic Games but lost in the first round on all three occasions.

Jabeur joins Emma Raducanu, Aryna Sabalenka, Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev as the players that are absent from this summer’s event.

The tennis event at the Olympics will start on the 27th of July and will take place at Roland Garros in Paris.

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Milos Raonic Beats Norrie; Holger Rune Falls to Thompson on Day 1 at Queens

MIlos Raonic hit 47 a record 47 aces on his way to victory as Frances Tiafoe retires against Hijikata, but Dimitrov goes through.



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Canada’s Milos Raonic blasted a record-breaking 47 aces on his way to a nail-biting 6-7(6), 6-3, 7-6(9) over home hope Cameron Norrie at the cinch Championships in London.

Former Wimbledon runner-up Raonic won 86% behind first serve, and saved both breakpoints he faced, but the 47 service winners was the most on the ATP tour for over 30 years and he squeezed through the two-hour fifteen-minute contest saving two match points in the final set tie-breaker.

“[Serving] is a big part of my game,” he said after the match “If I didn’t have my serve my career would be very different. My serve has always been the most important shot to me. This small record, it’s something special, something meaningful. So overall, a very positive thing and a fun stat to be proud of.”

Meanwhile Norrie remained upbeat despite the loss and firmly believes his form will turnaround soon: “I’m feeling great about my game but not getting results. It’ll come good, I have a lot to be positive about and won’t dwell on it.”

In the upset of the day, Australia’s Jordan Thompson sent seventh seed Holger Rune packing with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 win putting him into the second round and a possible meeting with Andy Murray. In the first meeting between the two players, it was the 30-year-old who is ranked 43 in the world who played the important points better and got more balls back in court compared to Rune, who slipped on court and complained to the umpire about the surface being too wet.

In other results, qualifier Rinky Hijikata went through when Frances Tiafoe retired at the start of the third set with an injury to his right hip after a fall. The American took the first set 7-5 but the Australian hit back taking the second 6-4.

First on court today was former champion Grigor Dimitrov who cruised through against Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour, breaking the Frenchman’s serve five times, while the final match of the day was suspended and will be completed tomorrow. Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo was leading Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 2-0 in the decider having split the first two sets.

“I was very happy with the way I started the match. I think I set the bar high and wanted to be steady the whole time,” Dimitrov said after his match. “Serve and return I just tried to focus on, they are the fundamentals of this surface. As the match went on, I felt more solid and more secure, so I am very happy.”

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Carlos Alcaraz Feeling Fresh Ahead Of Queen’s Club

Carlos Alcaraz will look to defend his Queen’s Club title.



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Carlos Alcaraz is raring to go ahead of the grass court season as he prepares for his Wimbledon title defence at Queen’s Club.

The Spaniard is living in a dream right now having won his third Grand Slam title at Roland Garros followed by the news he will team up with Rafael Nadal at the Olympics.

It’s been an incredible last month and Alcaraz reflected on his title run in Paris and spoke about his vacation in Ibiza as he refreshed himself ahead of the grass court season, “I had a few days off. I went to Ibiza with a group of friends. I had fun. It was a great time celebrating Roland Garros,” Alcaraz told the ATP website.

“For me as a player, I need this kind of thing. Every player is different but for me to reach my best tennis I have to separate the professional part from the personal part. I have some days off to forget a little bit that I am a professional player. Being with my friends and family means I can rest a little bit.

“Roland Garros was a fantastic two weeks for me, a dream come true lifting the trophy.”

However tennis is a brutal sport and now Alcaraz’s attention turns to the grass court season where he had amazing memories last year.

The Spaniard won a five set thriller with Novak Djokovic to win his maiden Wimbledon title as he enters this year as defending champion.

Now Alcaraz is ready to attack the grass court season and is only focused on the next month ahead, “I have more matches in my bank on grass and now with the great run I had last year at Queen’s and Wimbledon I know a little bit on how to play and understand the game a little bit on grass,” the Spaniard explained ahead of Queen’s Club.

“I am more mature playing on this surface. The first practice I have done here, my movement wasn’t as good as last year but it is a slow process, so I have to be really focused in every practice and every match. We have to be focused on the tournament that we are playing right now.

“But right now my mind has to be here on the grass to be ready. As soon as I can to play good tennis and to get ready for Wimbledon. Right now my focus is on the grass and then after that, my mind will be on clay again to be at my best for the Olympics.”

Alcaraz will aim for a big run at Queen’s Club and will begin his campaign against Francisco Cerundolo on Tuesday afternoon.

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