Highlights of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s career

Former French top seed Jo-Wildfried Tsonga, 37, bid farewell to the public as a professional tennis player on May 24, 2022, after his last match at Roland Garros. The only Frenchman to reach the quarter-finals of four Grand Slam tournaments, has a total of 18 titles (and 12 finals), including 2 Masters 1000, plus an Olympic silver medal and Davis Cup, in her career taking him to number five in the world in the Federation rankings. professional tennis players. Referring to the pictures, the most prominent features of the man who celebrated his victories with a thumb dance.

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  • US Open Junior Final between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marcos Baghdatis, in New York, August 7, 2003 – CIACCIA / SIPA

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was born on April 17, 1985 in Le Mans. From the juniors, Mansu began to shine by winning the US Open in 2003. That same year, he reached the semi-finals of the other three Grand Slam tournaments.

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) returns the ball to Guillermo Canas (ARG) during the second round match of the Paris Open ATP Tennis Bnp Paribas Masters Series, in Paris, November 3, 2004. LYDIE / SIPA

    He turned professional in 2004. That year, he beat world number 5 Carlos Moya in Beijing, and ended the year by participating in the Masters 1000 in Paris.

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in New York, September 2, 2007. – Eric Sumption / Siba

    In 2007, he was awarded the Revelation of the Year by the ATP.

  • France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates after defeating Britain’s Andy Murray in the first round of the men’s singles at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2008. Rick Stevens / AP / SIPA

    In 2008, the Frenchman’s career took on another dimension with his performance at the Australian Open.

  • Spain’s Rafael Nadal falls during the semi-final match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France at the Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne, Australia, January 24, 2008. – Mark Baker / AP / SIPA

    In the semi-finals, he defeated world number 2 Rafael Nadal in straight sets (6-2, 6-3, 6-2).

  • France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates defeating Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the men’s semi-finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne, January 24, 2008. – New China / Siba

    The thumb dance is now his signature beat.

  • A view of the field during the final match between Serbian Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France at the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 27, 2008. – New China / Siba

    And he will face Serbian Novak Djokovic in the final of the tournament.

  • Serbian Novak Djokovic holds the trophy after winning the men’s singles final at the Australian Open, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, January 27, 2008. – DITA ALANGKARA / AP / SIPA

    After losing the first set, the Serbian puts the pockets of the other three and wins the first victory of his career at a Grand Slam tournament.

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of the BNP Paribas ATP Paris Tennis Masters, November 2, 2008. – Maisti / Siba

    In November, the French made it to the final of the Master 1000 in Paris.

  • Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga holds the trophy after defeating Argentine David Nalbandian in the final of the Paris Tennis Masters, November 2, 2008. Lionel Sironio / AP / SIPA

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeats Argentine David Nalbandian and lifts the most beautiful trophy of his career. After Guy Forget in 1991 and Sebastien Grosjean in 2001, he became the third French player to win this tournament.

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, in London, June 29, 2011. – Thermal crater O’Malley/Rex/Cepa

    On June 29, 2011, the French faced the Swiss Roger Federer in his English garden at Wimbledon, in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, in London, June 29, 2011. – Ray Tang / Rex / Siba

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (No. 12) returned with two sets and beat World No. 3 (3/6, 6/7, 6/4, 6/4, 6/4). He became the first player in history to beat Roger Federer after falling two sets in a Grand Slam tournament. He will then lose in the semi-finals against Serbian Novak Djokovic in four sets. At the end of the year, the Swiss will take revenge on the Frenchman in the final of the Masters Tournament.

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros, in Paris, June 5, 2012. – Alexis Rea / Ciba

    In February 2012, he reached number 5 in the world on the ATP circuit. His best rank of his career. That year, he played a quarter-finalist at Roland Garros and again in the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

  • Joe-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Laudra against Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan in the men’s doubles final at the 2012 London Olympics, London, August 4, 2012. – Shamusi / Siba

    2012 is also an Olympic year with the London Games.

  • Silver medalists Michael Laudra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, gold medalists Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan and bronze medalists Julian Benneteau and Richard Gasquet stand on the podium during the men’s doubles medal ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics, August 4, 2012. Shamusi / Siba

    In the men’s doubles tournament, associated with Michael Lodra, he won the silver medal. His compatriots Julian Benneteau and Richard Gasquet took the bronze medal around their necks.

  • France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lifts the trophy after defeating Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 to win the men’s singles final at the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Sunday, August 10, 2014. – Chris Young / AP / SIPA

    In 2014, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the second Masters 1000 of his career, in Toronto, by defeating Roger Federer in the final.

  • Nora Al-Swaikh, girlfriend of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, at the US Open in New York on September 2, 2015. – Julio Cortez / AP / SIPA

    Several years ago, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had a relationship with Nora Al Suwaikh. The couple married in 2018 and have two children.

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the match during the semi-final against Swiss Stan Wawrinka, at Roland Garros, June 5, 2015. – Ella Ling / BPI / Rex / Ciba

    After 2013, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga again reached the semi-finals of Roland-Garros in 2015. He lost to Swiss Stan Wawrinka, a real machine that year on Parisian clay. He will win the tournament against Novak Djokovic in the final.

  • France’s Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah cheers for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final against Belgium on November 26, 2017 in Lille. – Yan Lerval / Siba

    A member of the French tennis team since 2008, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga played in the second Davis Cup Final of his career in 2017.

  • Members of France’s Davis Cup team celebrate their victory over Belgium on November 26, 2017 in Lille, France. On November 26, 2017 in Lille. – Yan Lerval / Siba

    After the defeat against Switzerland in 2014, the French national team with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga became the world champion by defeating Belgium, in Lille, on November 26, 2017.

  • France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga greets the crowd during a party marking his retirement at the end of his last game at Roland Garros in Paris on May 24th. 2022. – Christophe Archambault/AFP

    On May 24, 2022, after his last game at Roland Garros, 37-year-old Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bid farewell to the audience as a professional tennis player. He is the only Frenchman to have reached the quarter-finals of the four Grand Slam tournaments. He has a total of 18 ATP titles (and 12 finalists), including 2 Masters 1000 and 2 ATP 500, as well as an Olympic silver medal and a Davis Cup. At the Grand Slam tournaments, he has scored one final (Australian Open 2008) and five semi-finals (Australian Open 2010, Wimbledon 2011 and 2012, Roland Garros 2013 and 2015).

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