Tsonga retires with his family: the moving farewell of the French star at Roland Garros

The former world number five played his last match as a professional when he lost to Casper Ruud 7-6(8), 6-7(4), 2-6, 6-7(0) in the first round of the Parisian Tournament. In an emotional ceremony, he was accompanied by his closest entourage and received congratulations from Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer.

This day one of the best players that France has had ended his career as a professional. This is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, former world number five and 2008 Australian Open runner-up , who after falling in the first round of Roland Garros ended a successful charge. Moments of great emotion were experienced during the farewell ceremony.

Accompanied by his family and French players Gaël Monfils, Benoit Paire, Richard Gasquet, Giles Simon and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, the native of Le Mans could not hold back his tears and spoke with great emotion in front of an audience. who invaded the Philippe Chatrierfor fire one of the 2017 Davis Cup champions.

The ceremony also featured the Big Four virtually. Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Murray sent messages of encouragement to Tsonga and sparked the madness of fans on the main court at Roland Garros. “He is one of the most charismatic players in tennis and I have been very happy to share the court with him many times. Because of his dynamics and style of play, he brought a lot of positive attention and popularity to our sport, but also because of his charisma and personality. His retirement is a great loss for professional tennis, but I wish him the best. said the Serb.

Tsonga’s career ended when he fell in the first round of this Roland Garros against the Norwegian Casper Ruud. The score was 6-7(8), 7-6(4), 6-2 and 7-6(0) in favor of the world number eight or, who struggled to close the match. In fact, everyone thought the match would go to a fifth set, but when the Frenchman was leading 6-5, he had a strong shoulder pain that left him without a chance to force this fifth set. The main reason for his retirement is actually due to the constant injuries he’s been dealing with lately.

At 37, the Frenchman bids farewell to professional tennis with 18 professional titles (including two Masters 1000 included) a Davis Cup and an Australian Open final, when in 2008 he lost to Novak Djokovic.

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Source: Latercera

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