Paris, 7 April (His.). Former world number 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will retire from professional tennis after this year’s French Open. France’s star tennis player Tsonga will compete as a professional in the clay-court Grand Slam for the 15th time.
Tsonga wrote on social media, “I announce with great emotion today my decision to say goodbye to my professional career after the next French Open. So many incredible moments, shared with the masses, which made me so happy. Looking forward to one last adventure with you!”
Tsonga, who played doubles at the French Open in 2002 and 2003 and made his singles debut in 2005, is a two-time singles semifinalist at the tournament.
Tsonga said in a YouTube video, “I have always given my 100 percent and set high goals for myself to achieve what I can. For me, this will be my last opportunity to do so.”
The Frenchman is a two-time ATP Masters 1000 champion (2008 Paris, 2014 Canada), a three-time ATP Finals competitor (2008, 2011–12). Apart from this, he also made it to the final of the 2008 Australian Open.
Tsonga, 36, has the second-highest win percentage (66.5%) in tour-level matches, behind only Yannick Noah (69.6%). Tsonga is an 18-time tour-level titleist who has won 467 matches.