Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the dig for the most experienced tennis players

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the 5th position of the ATP ranking in February 2012, just weeks after reaching the last act of the London Finals (stopped by Roger Federer in three sets).

In his career he boasts the final played and lost against Novak Djokovic at the 2008 Australian Open, as well as the semifinals of Roland Garros and Wimbledon. At the US Open in New York he maxed out into the quarterfinals on three occasions: in 2011, in 2015 and in 2016.

The 36-year-old from Le Mans is certainly among the strongest French players of recent years, along with illustrious colleagues such as Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils. In an interview with l’Equipe and also published by We Love Tennis, Jo reflected on his long career.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the dig for the most experienced tennis players

He said: “What we four missed were the players of previous generations, who could have taken us under their wing a a little more, to be closer to us. It may also have been our responsibility for not opening the doors enough. But hey, our generation has been quite successful and we have had some pretty good results in the end.

Today is a different era, it is a new generation, with completely different young players. I often hear people say: Yes, young people, they should be told this and that. I don’t like this at all. Support them, try to make them understand what they are doing, so that they can develop their own qualities on their own.”

Tsonga won his last title in Metz in 2019, beating Aljaz Bedene in the final with a score of 6-7 7-6 6-3. Released by Yoshihito Nishioka at Roland Garros 2021, Jo took part in just six major ATP circuit events this year. Today he occupies the 77th position in the world ranking, a few steps below Corentin Moutet and ahead of the thirty-year-old Pierre-Hugues Herbert (85th). His last game won at Roland Garros dates back to two years ago.