2008 champion Jo Wilfried Tsonga receives Paris Masters wildcard


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2008 champion Jo Wilfried Tsonga receives Paris Masters wildcard

France's Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Ugo Humbert have all been granted a wildcard entry into next week's Paris Masters, the tournament announced. Tsonga, 33, is set to make his 12th main draw appearance at the Parisian Masters 1000 event.

The Frenchman, who debuted in Paris 14 years ago, won it all the tournament in 2008. The 33-year-old fell just short of winning it all in Paris three years later as he ended runner-up to Swiss Roger Federer in the 2011 Paris final.

World No. 113 Tsonga, who didn't play at the tournament in 2010, is set to make his eighth straight Paris appearance. In his last Paris appearance, the 33-year-old failed to win his opening match at the tournament as he was defeated by fellow compatriot Julien Benneteau in the second round.

On the other side, 27-year-old Herbert is due to make sixth straight appearance in Bercy. World No. 50 Herbert reached the Paris second round in his debut appearance five years ago, before losing to Serb Novak Djokovic. The Frenchman has since picked up four first round exits at the tournament.

Meanwhile, French rising star Humbert will be making his Paris debut next week. The 20-year-old is having a breakthrough season on the tour as he is enjoying his career-high ranking of No. 92 in the world. Humbert was a win away from qualifying for the Paris Masters last year as he was defeated by Joao Sousa in the qualifying final round.

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