Former world No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is hoping to receive a wild card for the Australian Open. Tsonga has been severaly hampered by injuries in recent years and he had another rough season in 2021. Tsonga clinched just one win in 2021 and had eight losses before putting an end to his season in June.
Tsonga, 36, made his lone Grand Slam final at the Australian Open. In the 2008 Australian Open final, Tsonga lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets as the Serb clinched his maiden Grand Slam title. "I'm getting ready to come back in January and I hope I will get a wild card for the Australian Open," Tsonga told RMC Sport.
Tsonga is obviously fully vaccinated
On Saturday, the Australian Open confirmed only fully vaccinated players will be allowed to compete at the Australian Open. “It’s been made very clear, when the premier announced several weeks ago that in order to participate at the Australian Open, to come into Victoria, you’ll need to be fully vaccinated,” Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said.
“Immediately we communicated that to the playing group. It is the one direction that you take that can ensure everyone’s safety. “All the playing group understands it. Our patrons will need to be vaccinated, all the staff working the Australian Open will need to be vaccinated, when you’re in a state where there is more than 90 percent of the population fully vaccinated, it’s the right thing to do”.
Tiley made it clear that Djokovic understands what he will have to do in order to play in Melbourne. “We have been speaking to Novak and his team and they understand clearly that in order to come and play in the Australian Open they need to be fully vaccinated,” Tiley said.
“They know that it’s a condition for everyone, not just the players, but the fans and all the staff and he had indicated that it’s a private decision for him and at the right time he will tell us. “I know that he wants to play, he’s clearly indicated that and he knows the conditions that he would have to undergo in order to be eligible to play”.