Oh, Jo-Dub! As a fan, I’m so, so happy for the charismatic Frenchman. What an insane year Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s had – taking a set off of Djokovic in the Australian Open final in January (and beating Nadal in the semis), winning his first title in Thailand last month and now, winning his first Masters shield on his home court in Paris and with it, earning a spot in the Masters Cup in Shanghai. Oh, and he achieved the last three accomplishments after being laid off for months with knee surgery. There’s something really promising about a guy who can end the year as strong as he started it.
I’ve been thinking about it because I really love this player – is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga the real deal or just a super hot flash in the pan? I’m going with the former because of the way this guy wins – just look at the last game of the Bercy final, where he fought back from 0-40 down with aggressive, fearless play. The one thing you can’t fake, get streaky with or luck-out on is your heart – and Tsonga’s heart is definitely the real deal.