Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a former Australian Open runner-up and world quantity 5, mentioned Wednesday that he’ll retire from tennis after this yr’s French Open.
“A few weeks ago I decided I was going to stop at Roland Garros this year,” the 36-year-old Tsonga mentioned in a video posted to social media.
“It took me a long time to make this decision,” the Frenchman added. “My body is telling me ‘you can’t go any further than what I give you’.”
Tsonga, unseeded, misplaced the 2008 Australian Open closing to Novak Djokovic because the Serb claimed the primary of his 20 Grand Slam titles. His victory over Rafael Nadal within the prior match was one of many nice semi-finals in Australian Open historical past.
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He made it to the semi-finals twice at each the French Open and Wimbledon and completed runner-up to Roger Federer on the ATP Finals in 2011.
Tsonga earned Olympic silver within the males’s doubles alongside Michael Llodra at London 2012 and was a part of France’s Davis Cup triumph in 2017.
He additionally received two Masters titles — in Paris in 2008 and Toronto in 2014.
However, his struggles with plenty of totally different accidents lately has seen his rating tumble to 220.
He received only one match at tour stage final season earlier than ending it prematurely following a first-round loss at Wimbledon.
Tsonga returned to motion in Montpellier in February, with a view to planning the ultimate levels of his profession.
“I decided that I had to stop at a moment that I chose, a moment when I was able to go on the court,” he mentioned.
“I have always set myself high goals to try to get what I can. For me, this will be the opportunity to do it one last time.”