‘Brought a lot of positive attention to the sport’ – Novak Djokovic shares his feelings about Jo Wilfried Tsonga’s retirement

Former world number 5 Jo Wilfried Tsonga has announced his permanent retirement from professional tennis. Currently, he is participating in the French Open, and as soon as his run ends on the clay courts of France, he will bid farewell to his tennis career. Moreover, he will face the young Norwegian Casper Ruud in the first round of the tournament.

Tsonga has the second highest winning percentage among the French and 18 career titles under his name. Speaking of Roland Garros, he played in a semi-final in the years 2013 and 2015. However, this year he hopes to take advantage of the crowd to extend his reach until the last round. Also, ahead of his efforts, 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic wished him luck and took a little trip down memory lane.

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Novak Djokovic talks about Jo Wilfried Tsonga

Djokovic, while speaking to the media, came across a question asking his emotions about Tsonga’s retirement. To which he replied with saying, “Well, I wish him the best possible farewell to tennis that he can imagine. And I’m sure there will be a lot of support for him on center court. I’m sure it’s going to be very emotional for him and the whole French crowd watches him play.

Afterwards, Djokovic added, “Over the years you know he has been the most charismatic and energetic players. Just plenty of power when it was at its best. He was consistently in the world top ten. I know Jo very well also a little since the junior time. We always got along very well. I have tons of respect for him. Really nice guy, great guy. And he brought a lot of positive attention to the sport with the way he played and behaved. I think he can be very proud of everything he has achieved and left behind in the sport.

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Tsonga versus Rudd

The right-handed tennis ace will play against Caper Rudd, the 23-year-old tennis professional and current world number 8. Tsonga was supposed to have his first fight with Ruud in the first round of the 2021 US Open. Although a leg injury forced him out of the tournament, he failed to play against Casper.

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This will be the first time they will face each other in court. Ruud is in great shape as he recently achieved his career best and clinched the title at the Geneva Open last week. While the former world number 5 hasn’t had a decent run so far. He’s taken a first-round exit in most tournaments this year.

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