Roland Garros 2022: Tears move as Tsonga retires after French Open defeat

Published:Mar 10, 202422:12
Roland Garros 2022: Tears move as Tsonga retires after French Open defeat

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga gave Norway's eighth-seeded Casper Ruud a run for his cash in a good French Open first spherical battle however predictably headed right into a tear-jerking retirement with a 6-7(6) 7-6(4) 6-2 7-6(0) defeat on Tuesday.

The Frenchman, whose profession had been hampered by a number of accidents lately, fought for nearly 4 hours earlier than bowing out in tears.

The courtroom Philippe Chatrier crowd gave him a standing ovation because the 37-year-old knelt on the crimson grime after being unable to place up extra of a struggle due to shoulder ache.

It was the most recent in a sequence of bodily issues that noticed the previous world quantity 5 drop to 297 within the ATP rankings.

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Tsonga, one in all solely three males to beat Rafael Nadal, Novak Dokovic and Roger Federer when every was world primary and an Australian Open runner-up in 2008, had not received a match on clay in nearly three years and there was no miracle on Tuesday - albeit lots of hope after a strong opening set.

The match began in entrance of a sparse crowd as many of the company seats had been empty round lunch time, a recurring sample at Roland Garros the place the meals typically trumps tennis.

Tsonga held agency, delighting followers with some well-executed drop pictures as he made essentially the most of his opponent's early nerves.

The amount lastly elevated because the stands stuffed up after espresso time and Tsonga bagged the opening set following a tense tiebreak.

He saved break factors within the fifth sport of the second set however yielded beneath stress within the tiebreak and it appeared he would bow out shortly after being overwhelmed within the third.

Backed by a buoyant crowd, nonetheless, Tsonga broke to like for 6-5 within the fourth, just for Ruud to degree and drive one other tiebreak.


Tsonga had the physiotherapist on for a shoulder downside and he might barely serve within the tiebreak.

As soon as his ordeal ended, Tsonga, who received the 2017 Davis Cup with France, was greeted on courtroom by all of his former coaches and his dad and mom carrying a 'Merci Jo' t-shirt, in addition to his youngsters.

His former Davis Cup group mates Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils additionally got here onto the courtroom to embrace him.

"It is nice day for me. The day once I say goodbye to my long-time companion. I've by no means appeared again however now's the time to do it," Tsonga advised the group.

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"I need to thank all of the individuals who helped me obtain my dream of turning into knowledgeable tennis participant.

"Due to the French tennis federation and all my coaches who supported me even once I was extraordinarily foolish. I managed to be good amid one of the best technology of gamers and I am completely happy about it.

"You've been an inspiration to me and plenty of others," stated 23-year-old Ruud, who was 9 when Tsonga beat his idol Nadal on his solution to the ultimate in Melbourne.

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