We hope he'll do higher at Roland-Garros when he retires. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, with a light-weight coronary heart after asserting that he would finish his profession after the Parisian Grand Slam, couldn't honor his wildcard in Monte Carlo as a lot as he would have appreciated, logically crushed by Marine Cilic (6-2, 6-2).
Tsonga wished to “fight and go on the field to win”
Four days after setting in stone a call that had plagued him for a very long time, particularly to cease competitors, the participant who will likely be 37 on April 17 appeared helpless in Monte Carlo the place he had reached the semi-finals in 2013, crushed by Nadal, and 2016, crushed by Monfils after eliminating Roger Federer in the quarters. “I enter the tournament as a competitor, he assured before entering the court. It's not about being there to act as an amateur and have fun: I take pleasure in what I've enjoyed doing all my career, fighting and going on the field to win. »
However, he was aware that his chances of advancing in this first clay-court Masters 1000 of the season were slim. The former world No.5, fallen beyond 200th place, had not benefited from a lenient draw: after Marin Cilic (23rd) in the first round he was promised Taylor Fritz (13th), Carlos Alcaraz (11th) and Novak Djokovic (1st)…
“I don't plan, I don't see myself telling myself I have to reach a quarter, a half, a final, go and win the tournament… My ambition stops at the first match in the sense that I have want to win it. The ambition will develop if I go through stages,” he admits. It will not be for this week.