Disappointing news: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has pulled out of this week’s Capitala World Tennis Championships exhibition in Abu Dhabi, which also headlines Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The No. 1 Frenchman is also nixing the ATP 250 tournament in Doha. This leaves the Kooyong exo (January 13- 16) as his only scheduled warm up prior to the Australian Open. Here’s the explanation via the tournament website:
Tsonga, who injured himself during a training session earlier this week, is disappointed he will not be making his first appearance in Abu Dhabi. The French number one has been advised by his coaching staff to rest ahead of the Australian Open after suffering the injury.
Tsonga said: “I am extremely disappointed not to be able to participate in the Capitala World Tennis Championship due to an injury. I hope that I will come to participate in years to come but in the meantime I wish everyone there a good event and best wishes for 2010.”
Consolation: David Ferrer is replacing him.
So what’s this injury? Tsonga’s coach, Eric Winogradsky, doesn’t really clear it up (via L’Equipe) : “Jo was simply not sufficiently prepared to arrive and be effective.”
First reaction: Thank God! The last thing the oft-injured Frenchman needs is another (real) injury.
Second reaction: Lay off the joie de vivre, Jo-Dubs! That’s one lame excuse.
Though Tsonga ended the 2009 season as the not-too-shabby ATP World No. 10, I can’t help but worry that the 2008 Australian Open final will go down as his single best result. In 2009, he ran into a red hot Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals Down Under and then didn’t make it past the Round of 16 in any of the remaining Majors. And news that he recently changed racquets from Wilson to Babolat does not bode well for his results, at least in the near future. Ahhhhh!
Deep breath. I’m going to give Jo the benefit of the doubt. Like the players, I want to start 2010 on a positive note. Go Jo!
What do you think?
Tsonga on Bondi beach with the girls:
Tsonga’s best match ever:
Tsonga’s biggest final, ever:
Not bad, Jo, but you can do better, right?