Oh, yes! Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won his first ATP Title today (surprising that he’s never won one before, isn’t it?) beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the final or the Thailand Open 7-6(4), 6-4. Jo-Dub played great tennis all week, beating tough opponents like Jurgen Melzer and Gael Monfils and losing just one set along the way. Not bad, considering he was out for three months this year rehabbing from knee surgery. He’s showing everyone that the Aussie Open final was no freak occurrence and now he may even end up playing in the Masters Cup championships in Shanghai this November. What a treat that would be! Jo-Wilfried, je t’aime!
I couldn’t find this entertaining final on television (did anyone have any luck?)but here’s some footage from the trophy ceremony. It’s nice to see Novak charming the crowd instead of pissing everyone off.
Roddick came out on top in the China Open men’s final, taking out Dudi Sela in three sets(!) Andy announced after the match that he will donate $25,000 of his winnings to the Chinese Tennis Association to help victims of the earthquake in the Sichuan Province. Nice.
Jelena Jankovic took the women’s title in China, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova in straights. In the file under “I” for interesting category, both of these talented players have had ridiculously poor results in finals. Before this match Jankovic had lost 5 of her last 6 finals and Sveta 9 of her last 10 (making it a dismal 10 of 11 after today.) These girls need some psychologists, pronto!
Next up is the AIG Open in Tokyo (something tells me this is the last year for the title sponsor!) which has a strong men’s field featuring Ferrer, Roddick, Gonzalez, Gasquet, del Potro, Tsonga, Monfils and Nishikori, and a less-stellar women’s field dominated by the likes of Wozniacki, Peer, Kirilenko (who won the Korea Open this weekend), Sugiyama, and Jie Zheng.
The big names on the WTA tour are playing in Stuttgart, instead, with the Williams sisters, Safina, Jankovic, Dementieva, Kuznetsova, Cornet and Radwanska all participating. (Btw, this tournament’s tagline of “Girls, Set & Match” wins the worst-ever award – CHANGE IT!)
Does anyone else find this to be the weirdest, randomest, cash-grabbiest time of the tennis season? And for our sport, that’s saying something.
Oh well, until it’s over, ALLEZ, TONSGA!