The French Open organizers have awarded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon and Lucas Pouille into this year's tournament. The Parisian crowd will have one last chance to see Tsonga and Simon compete at Roland Garros. In early April, Tsonga announced his plans to retire at this year's French Open.
Last week, Simon revealed he plans to retire after the 2022 season. Both Tsonga and Simon are ranked well outside the top-100 but there was no doubt they would receive a wildcard into the French Open. Tsonga and Simon have marked one era of French tennis and the French Open organizers are showing them their respect by giving her a direct entry into the tournament.
Tsonga, Simon set for retirement
Tsonga, a former world No. 5, has battled various injuries over the last few years. Tsonga, 37, feels it's time to walk away from the game and he wants it do to at Roland Garros. “It’s been several years where every day there is at least one moment where I think, ‘What am I doing? Why am I hurting myself like this? Is there still a reason for me to make all this effort?’" Tsonga explained.
“My head tells me ‘but you can play all your life’ and at the same time your body reminds you that your abilities to surpass yourself are no longer there. The ultimate reason is to tell myself that this is the last thrill.
In 2024, I won’t be playing anymore and for a few weeks now, I’ve decided that I’ll stop playing tennis at French Open." Simon, 37, is also past his prime and his best days are long gone. "It has been a magical, wonderful and extraordinary adventure.
It will end at the end of the year. A huge thank you to all those who have made it possible. There is no sadness, no regret. Just the will to put everything I have left. On every match, until the end," Simon announced on Twitter last week.