Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on post-tennis life: It was hard the first two months

Tsonga retired from pro tennis after the French Open.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on post-tennis life: It was hard the first two months

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reveals it was "a bit hard" the first two months after retirement but adds now everything is fine. Tsonga, 37, retired from pro tennis after the French Open. Tsonga, who turned pro in 2004, enjoyed a long and successful career.

"Tennis took up 100% of my time. All of my time was dedicated to that and suddenly it's empty. There's nothing left, there's no longer the atmosphere, the hot stadiums. It's true that it was a bit hard the first 2 months, but now it's fine," Tsonga said, per We Are Tennis.

Tsonga enjoyed his career

During his career, Tsonga won 18 titles and reached a career-high ranking of No 5 in the world.

Tsonga, who captured two Masters titles, reached his lone Grand Slam final at the 2008 Australian Open - which he lost to Novak Djokovic. Even though Tsonga never accomplished his goal of winning a Grand Slam, he still enjoyed his tennis journey.

"All the journey was nice and good to live, even the difficult moments. I can't say one day is better than another. The more important was to live this with people around me and be able to share the happiness and the sadness," Tsonga added.

Tsonga, who was always a fan favorite wherever he went, noted that one of his biggest goals was to serve as an inspiration. “I always said one of my goals was to inspire kids, inspire other people. I hope I did that during my career.

I have been inspired myself by other sportsmen and I know how you feel. I know how you feel when you are a fan of somebody or you admire somebody. It’s a nice feeling," Tsonga said. In what was the final match of his career, Tsonga lost to Casper Ruud as the Norwegian beat the Frenchman 6-7 (6) 7-6 (4) 6-2 7-6 (0). After beating Tsonga, Ruud went on to reach the French Open final, in which he lost to Rafael Nadal.

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