Retired Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns to French Open this year but in a new role

Tsonga set to return to the French Open a year after ending his pro tennis career.

by Dzevad Mesic
Retired Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns to French Open this year but in a new role

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be returning to Roland Garros this year as a part of Amazon Prime Video's French Open coverage, per L'Equipe. Tsonga, a former two-time French Open semifinalist, retired from pro tennis at Roland Garros last year.

Tsonga, who made his French Open main draw debut in 2005, is set to return to Roland Garros again this year - but this time it will be in a different role. Tsonga possesses a deep level of tennis knowledge as tennis fans will have a chance to listen to the Frenchman's tennis expertise throughout this year's French Open.

Tsonga picked the French Open as the tournament where he wanted to retire

Tsonga, who turned pro in 2004, retired by playing in front of his home fans for one last time. After suffering a four-set defeat to Casper Ruud in the French Open first-round - which was his last match - Tsonga gave credit to the Parisian crowd for standing up behind him.

"My biggest emotion was all along the match and after. It was just amazing the way the crowd gave me the power to fight. I didn't finish the way I wanted to finish, but I did it on the court, running after the ball, like in my career," Tsonga said after playing the final match of his career at Roland Garros.

Throughout his career, Tsonga was a home favorite wherever he went. "In real life, it's hard to be intense. You don't want to shock, you don't want to be rude, you act to be nice, sociable. On the court, you can express your fever, you can express everything about you.

It's sometimes freeing," Tsonga explained. Even though Tsonga never accomplished his goal of winning a Grand Slam, he was happy with 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 said.

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