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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga announces that he will retire after Roland-Garros

French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during the last Roland-Garros tournament, in Paris, on May 31, 2021.

The former world number 5 and long number 1 French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga announced, Wednesday April 6, in video posted on social media, that he would retire in 2022 after the Roland-Garros tournament. He will then be 37 years old.

“A few weeks ago I decided that I was going to stop at Roland this year. This will be my 15and Roland »explained the player, fell back to 220and world rank and coming off four years plagued by injuries.

“My abilities to surpass myself are no longer there”

“It took me a long time to make this decision. Every day for several years, there is a moment in the day when I say to myself “what am I doing, why am I hurting myself like this, is there still a reason to I make all this effort?” »explains the Manceau, comfortably installed on a sofa, with his wife by his side.

My head tells me, “you can play all your life”, but the body reminds me that my abilities to surpass myself are no longer there. My body tells me “you are no longer able to go further than what I give you”. Before, that’s what I did every day.

“The ultimate reason is to tell me, it’s the last thrill”he underlines in reference to Roland-Garros.

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Dotted seasons due to injuries

I hope that by then I will stay in good shape and be able to be who I have always been in this tournament. The goal is to be myself, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga the tennis player. I’ve always wanted to be efficient, to set myself goals at the top. This will be the opportunity to do it one last time.

His body has given him almost no respite in recent years: in addition to underlying sickle cell disease – a genetic disease affecting red blood cells and causing great fatigue – he has suffered from knees, vertebrae, sacral joint iliac which calcified, obliging him to give up at 1er round of the Australian Open in 2020.

He then resumed the 2021 season only in dots, at the end of February in Montpellier, before ending it with a defeat at 1er round at Wimbledon. Tsonga returned to competition this year with the idea of ” plan [sa] exit “as he had indicated to Agence France-Presse in February, before the Open 13 in Marseille.

Le Monde and AFP

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