Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: If Rafael Nadal plays, he is still French Open favorite

Tsonga underlines Nadal can never be underestimated at Roland Garros.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: If Rafael Nadal plays, he is still French Open favorite

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga thinks Rafael Nadal will still be the No 1 French Open title favorite if he manages to play at Roland Garros. Nadal, 36, is off to a nightmare start to the clay season as the Spaniard was forced to miss Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid due to an injury to his psoas muscle.

Nadal is now hoping to return to action in Rome and at least give himself a chance to defend his French Open title. Even though Nadal is in a very difficult situation, Tsonga is not counting out the record 14-time French Open champion.

“I admit that Alcaraz is still playing very, very well. And then we have to see if Rafa will be there or not. Because for me, the favorite is Alcaraz if Nadal is not present. If Rafa is there, I still want to say that he will be the favorite.

And there is Djokovic of course. He is still potentially the best player of all time," Tsonga told We Love Tennis France.

Tsonga underlines Nadal can never be underestimated at Roland Garros

On Friday, Toni Nadal provided a major update on Nadal, revealing that his nephew is definitely intending to compete at the French Open.

“He would like to be competing now, but there is little left for that to happen. He is going to play in Paris, although how he trains in the coming weeks and what he can do in Rome will be important to measure his aspirations there,” Uncle Toni said.

In early June, injury-plagued Nadal will be turning 37. The last few years haven't been easy for Nadal but Uncle Toni insists the 22-time Grand Slam champion is not thinking about retirement yet. “He is not thinking about retiring, he just wants to recover well and continue competing because he is passionate about this sport,” Uncle Toni added. It remains to be seen if Nadal can win a record 15th French Open title this year.

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