Jo-Wifried Tsonga: We've always been treated like losers because of Big 3

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Jo-Wifried Tsonga: We've always been treated like losers because of Big 3

French tennis star Jo-Wifried Tsonga was happy for his fellow compatriot Gael Monfils after he clinched his 500th ATP win. This week at the Cincinnati Masters, Monfils beat Alex de Minaur 6-3 7-5 to enter the 500 ATP wins club.

Tsonga, Monfils, Gilles Simon and Richard Gasquet were once one of the most promising and talented players on the Tour but neither of those four captured a Grand Slam or climbed up to No. 1 in the world. They all have had some notable runs at the Grand Slams but neither of the four had an answer for the Big Three -- Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

However, Tsonga is proud of himself and his three fellow compatriots as he believes they all have had good careers. Tsonga has 465 career wins on the ATP Tour, Simon has 494, while Gasquet has 560. "The accomplishment is big for us.

I can say that now, because during my career it was never enough what we did,” Tsonga said, per the ATP website. “But today, we know that we played with the three best tennis players ever. It is something we can be proud of because we played during this generation and we won a lot.

“All of us won almost 500 matches and that’s just amazing. In France, we always have been treated like the guys who lose because of these three guys who won everything. Today we can say proudly that it was a good performance that we did."

Tsonga having a rough year

Tsonga, a former world No. 5, has won only match this year. Tsonga captured his lone win of the season in Marseille, back in February. Since then, Tsonga has lost seven consecutive matches. Tsonga last played at Wimbledon, where he was beaten in tight five sets by Swede Elias Ymer. Tsonga, now ranked at No. 98, has had a few rough seasons with injuries and it has taken a toll on him..