Jo-Wilfried Tsonga recalls Diego Maradona watching his Davis Cup match



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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga recalls Diego Maradona watching his Davis Cup match

French tennis star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga says he will never forget playing the Davis Cup in Argentina as it was special playing in front of the great Diego Maradona and the outstanding Argentine crowd. In 2013, France clashed Argentina in an away tie and Argentina escaped with a tight 3-2 win.

Tsonga was outstanding for France as he defeated Carlos Berlocq in his first match, before beating Juan Monaco in his second doubles rubber. Tsonga delivered but the rest of the team didn't as France suffered a tight loss.

"I played a Davis Cup match in Argentina. It was exceptional. I think it was the best atmosphere I could experience. [... ] There was Diego Maradona in the stands, who was pumping up the public. And between each point, it was crazy," Tsonga told the Moselle Open.

Tsonga hasn't played the Davis Cup since 2019

Tsonga's Davis Cup career is likely over as he is 36 and this could very easily be his last season on the Tour. Recently, Tsonga clashed Felix Auger-Aliassime and the 21-year-old Canadian opened on why he grew up idolizing the former world No.

5. “I liked his charisma, his game was very explosive and he was fun to watch,” Auger-Aliassime told Eurosport. “And also I can't deny the fact that since we both have the same background, skin colour and all that, or very similar at least, I just felt like as a kid, when you have representation on your TV, you feel like you can relate.

It really felt like, ‘Oh, this could be me, you know?’ “So I think that's why I idolised him and I really looked up to him, because I really felt like I could relate, compared to other American or European players, where it felt a bit distant, it felt like, as a kid growing up, it felt like, ‘Okay, this is for them, this is not attainable for me’.

“But seeing Jo doing his thing, it felt like, okay, maybe we do have a similar story or background and it felt like he was a big brother."