Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to start his season at the Quimper Challenger

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to start his season at the Quimper Challenger

Jo-WIlfried Tsonga, 36, is set to start his 2022 season at the Quimper Challenger. Tsonga is set to return to action after a six-month absence as he put an end to his 2021 season following a first round loss suffered at Wimbledon.

Before the season started, Tsonga expressed his desire to receive an Australian Open wildcard. Unfortunately for Tsonga, the French Tennis Federation gave their reciprocal Australian Open wildcard to Lucas Pouille. Recently, Kei Nishikori was asked about his thriller battle with Tsonga at the Australia.

In 2012, Nishikori edged out Tsonga in five sets 2-6 6-2 6-1 3-6 6-3 to reach the Australian Open quarterfinal. "It was an intense battle, could go either way. I changed tactics during the match to keep attacking his backhand side even though I had to run around, that worked well.

I was really feeling my improvement at that time, it meant a lot," Nishikori recalled,

Tsonga felt sad for Novak Djokovic

A few days, Tsonga weighed in on Djokovic getting deported from Australia. "The feeling I have is a lot of sadness for him because it's a shame it's gone this far," Tsonga told RTL.

"We lock people up for their opinions (but) the rules are pretty clear, and the rules are the rules. It's sad for Novak, for the tournament and for the players." After losing his Australia visa appeal, Djokovic released a statement.

“I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcome's of today's Court hearing, I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this," Djokovic said in a statement after losing his visa appeal.

"I'm extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to discuss my application for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.

"I respect the Court's ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country." During his interview with RTL, Tsonga called Djokovic a "very respectable athlete."