The Paris Masters has a special place in the heart of French tennis star Jo Wilfried Tsonga. The 33-year-old has played in the main draw of the Parisian Masters' event 11 times so far in his career. The Frenchman failed to make the Paris main draw in 2006 as he lost to Italian Daniele Bracciali in the qualifying final round.
Tsonga, a 16-time ATP champion, won his maiden Masters 1000 title at Bercy in 2008. Back then, the Frenchman beat Radek Stepanek, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, James Blake and David Nalbandian on his way to winning it all in front of his home crowd.
Tsonga also fell just short of making it all the way in Paris three years later as he ended runner-up to Swiss Roger Federer in 2011 final. "My best memories have come at the Paris Masters," Tsonga said, per FFT Twitter.
Tsonga is set to make his 12th ever and eighth consecutive Paris Masters main draw appearance after receiving a wildcard from the tournament organizers. Tsonga, a former world No. 5, has dropped to No. 113. The Frenchman is due to further experience a ranking drop as he will be ranked around No.
250 in the world when the ATP rankings list gets updated next week. Tsonga has been drawn to meet 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic in the Paris first round. Also read: Nick Kyrgios one of four people in Australia who own 2018 Dodge Demon