‘Farewell Jo’: Tsonga bids farewell to tennis at Roland Garros | Sports

PARIS (AP) — As much as she wanted to hold back her tears, but it just couldn’t.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga later said he was aware this could happen. She therefore did not hold back her emotions during the culminating moments of her match at Roland-Garros, with which she said goodbye to professional tennis.

She wiped away her tears with her left bracelet.

He wasn’t crying because of pain in his right shoulder, which was so bad it kept him from swinging the racquet properly late in Tuesday’s game, a 6-7 (8), 7-6 (4 ), 6-2 7-6 (0) against Casper Ruud (8th seed) at the Phillippe Chatrier court.

Rather, the tears came from the fact that Tsonga knew he was done trying to win matches, earn the cheers of the crowd, overcome the ups and downs of a tennis career that included a fifth-place finish. , an Australian Open final in 2008 and France’s first. Davis Cup title in 16 years.

In the face of these exploits, Tsonga’s career was also marked by a series of injuries.

He has been limited to a total of 18 matches since the start of 2021. He turned 37 last month, now has a family and knew this trip to Roland Garros would be the perfect way to say goodbye.

“Today was crazy, one of the best atmospheres I’ve seen in my career for my last game. I couldn’t have asked for a better height,” Tsonga said. couldn’t have come up with a better scenario, except that I would have liked to win.”

The encounter was the most emotional moment of the tournament’s third day, which also included a first-round win for Daniil Medvedev.

US Open champion Medvedev admitted that “it’s very strange” that he could become world No. 1 without playing at Wimbledon.

The Russian, second in the standings behind Novak Djokovic, would be affected by the decision of the All England Club to ban the participation of tennis players from this country and Belarus at Wimbledon due to the invasion of Ukraine.

In response to the ban, the ATP and WTA announced that they would not award ranking points to any player for results at Wimbledon.

This means players who scored units at Wimbledon in 2021 – Djokovic won the maximum 2,000 as champion – will have their points stripped from the record under the 52-week system which brings together players’ top 19 tournaments over this period.

Djokovic is 680 points ahead of Medvedev, but the Serb could drop points in the standings if he doesn’t win the title in France.

Wimbledon starts on June 27.

“Very strange,” Medvedev said of the situation, after beating Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. “I have to be honest. But like I said last time, I would be happy to play at Wimbledon. If I can’t, I will prepare for the next tournament.”

Medvedev, 26, is playing his second match after returning from hernia surgery. Last year, he reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.

Also on Tuesday, Danish teenager Holger Rune surprised and beat 14th seed Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-1, 7-6(4) in the first round.

2017 French champion Jelena Ostapenko defeated Lucia Bronzetti 6-1, 6-4. Eighth seed Karolina Pliskova recovered to beat Tessah Andrianjafitrimo 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. Ninth seed Danielle Collins easily beat Viktoriya Tomova 6-0, 6-4.

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