French tennis star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be featuring both singles and doubles event in Metz next week. Tsonga and 22-year-old French rising star Ugo Humbert have received a doubles wildcard, the tournament announced on Saturday.
The 33-year-old hasn't played since retiring his Marseille semi-final clash in February to fellow compatriot Lucas Pouille. The 2008 Australian runner-up underwent a knee surgery in April. Tsonga's recovery process took time as the Frenchman hoped to return during the grass season or the US hard-court swing -- but eventually made a decision not to risk anything.
Tsonga, who doesn't have a doubles ranking at the moment, is set to play doubles for the first time since last year's Montreal Masters. Tsonga and Humbert have been drawn to meet Radu Albot and Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round.
Tsonga and Humbert have never played together before. Meanwhile, top-ranked French player Lucas Pouille and fellow compatriot Gregoire Barrere have also received a Metz doubles wildcard. Pouille and Barrere are set to debut as a team at the ATP level.
Pouille and Barrere will be clashing against Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski in the first round. The two teamed up to play two Futures events in 2012 and to play a Challenger event in 2015 respectively. Pouille and Barrere ended runners-up at a Futures event in 2012 and reached the Mouilleron-Le-Captif Challenger quarter-final before pulling out of the event.
A day earlier on Friday, the tournament announced France's Quentin Halys and Corentin Moutet as the last two singles wildcard winners. Also read: Extremely happy Dennis Novak reflects on Davis Cup win over Alex de Minaur