French tennis star Jo Wilfried Tsonga is reportedly dealing with a back issue ahead of the Davis Cup final. Per RMC Sport - BFMTV, the 33-year-old had to finish his practice early on Tuesday after being hampered by a back issue.
After an hour of practice, former world No. 5 Tsonga left the court. The Frenchman spent 10 minutes in the locker room but then returned to the court to continue his practice. After a few hit services, nine-time ATP champion Tsonga signaled that the back was still giving him problems.
Tsonga then consulted with the French team as the decision was made not to risk anything and call it a practice. French Davis Cup Team Captain Yannick Noah nominated Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Jeremy Chardy, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert for this week's final against Croatia.
After the nominations were announced, it was clear that the French captain was planning to use Tsonga and Pouille in the singles rubbers. Not having Tsonga available would be a big blow for the defending Davis Cup champion.
Tsonga has had yet another injury-plagued season as a knee injury kept him sidelined from February until September. The pressure to deliver in the singles would likely fall on the back of world No. 40 Chardy if Tsonga's unable to play the final.
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