What ambitions do Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and other Frenchmen have at Wimbledon?


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What ambitions do Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and other Frenchmen have at Wimbledon?

At Wimbledon, like almost every year, there will be a group of French tennis players, in men's singles, who will have to try, as every year, to overturn an unfavorable prediction for their Country, for too many years.

To find a Frenchman winner of the men's singles at Wimbledon we have to go back in time until 1946, the year after the end of World War II, when the winner was Yvon Petra, in the final against Geoff Brown, won in five sets.

The last finalist was instead Cédric Pioline, in 1997 final lost against Pete Sampras. Led by the everlasting and competitive Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (author of a great performance in the second round of Halle, lost in three sets against Roger Federer - ed), the French troops will have ambitions that this year, as has happened for twenty years now, they will not have very favourable predictions.

To date the only one who seems able to have a minimum chance is Tsonga, who over the years has shown that he knows how to play well on grass-courts, achieving the semi-finals of 2011 and 2012 as the best London result. Lucas Pouille, Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nicolas Mahut, Jérémy Chardy, Adrian Mannarino and Benoît Paire do not yet seem to have the chance to withstand the impact of a fortnight played at the best of five sets, despite players like Monfils, Mahut and Gasquet can play well on grass-courts.

Statistically, in recent years it has been Tsonga and Gasquet who have reached at least the semi-finals at Wimbledon. Monfils is playing a good season, but in the Slams he has hardly ever shown that he can aspire to final victory.

The high number of French participants will most likely end up in a stalemate, unless Tsonga, this year, will not draw the joker from his deck of cards.