Former world No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has been awarded a wildcard into Rotterdam, the tournament announced. Tsonga, now ranked at No. 259 in the world, has had success in Rotterdam in the past. The Rotterdam organizers certainly appreaciate one of their former champions as the Frenchman is now set to make his seventh appearance at the tournament.
Tsonga debuted at the Rotterdam event in 2009, when he made the quarterfinal before losing to Rafael Nadal. Tsonga returned to Rotterdam in 2011 and fell just short of winning it all as he ended runner-up to Robin Soderling in the final.
Tsonga captured his first Rotterdam six years later after beating David Goffin in the 2017 Rotterdam final. Tsonga hasn't played in Rotterdam since suffering a defeat to Daniil Medvedev in the 2019 quarterfinal.
Tsonga set play ATP events in back-to-back weeks
Tsonga, who put an end to his 2021 season after Wimbledon, clinched his first ATP win since the March of 2021 after beating Kacper Zuk in this week's Montpellier first round.
"It was a goal for me to get here and put some intensity from the 1st point," Tsonga said after the win. "For me, the goal is to regain pleasure, to find a level where I can again beat great players."
Tsonga, 36, wants to make the one final push. "I won't hide from you that it is not simple. You have to accept to push back the limit, to accept the pain again. The objective is above all to see how long I will last.
It is not a great glory to pass the 1st round," Tsonga said. "For the weeks that I have left as a player, the objective is to progress little by little. It's going in the right direction so far." Unlike in previous years, Tsonga won't be a top favorite to win Rotterdam. It remains to be seen how far can Tsonga go in Rotterdam next week.