French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has come to the defence of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic after the Serb has been heavily criticised for organising the Adria Tour where a number of players tested positive for the coronavirus.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defends World No. 1 Novak Djokovic
Speaking to L'Equipe, Tsonga says, “If he was able to organize this tournament, it was because he had all the authorizations. There may have been an excess of confidence but Djokovic is not the real culprit.
He thought he was doing good." Tsonga also spoke about his new project as he and Thierry Ascione, who is also his trainer, have decided to invest in the Tennis Club of Grasse. Tsonga will become the vice-president of the club in order to develop the club.
"We decided to take over the club with Thierry, because who better than us, active in tennis, to develop our sport. We want to make this club a meeting place for life and sport. We have the objective of training young people.
I will have a big brother role to play and help young people to evolve. I will come here regularly to develop the club and make the most of these exceptional facilities. In addition to the Grasse club, there is our academy at Villeneuve-Loubet.
It is therefore a global action to promote tennis, it is our duty." 35 year old Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 5, which he achieved in February 2012. His best performance at a Grand Slam event came at the 2008 Australian Open when, as an unseeded player, he reached the final, beating four seeded players including Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.
Tsonga eventually lost to Djokovic in the final. He is currently ranked No. 49 in the world. He has won 18 ATP singles titles and 2 ATP doubles titles in his career so far, and earned over $22 million in career prize money. Novak Djokovic is ranked No.
1 in the world and has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles. Djokovic is in the race for the most number of Grand Slam singles titles in men's tennis along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles while Nadal has won 19 Slams.
He announced a few days ago that he and his wife both tested negative for the coronavirus after testing positive initially after the cancellation of the Adria Tour.