The pandemic ruined Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's plans in 2020. On the occasion of the post-match press conference in Montepplier, where he was defeated once again in the first round by Sebastian Korda, the Frenchman wanted to release some nostalgic statements that show how much his perspectives are bitter and in stark contrast to the spirit that has always distinguished Jo's presence in the world of tennis.
Tsonga is back in the race after more than a year of absence at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier, which is why he wanted to dedicate a lot of space to the comparison with the media, especially the French ones, to whom he wanted to tell his personal feelings about to the situation that the world is experiencing and, specifically, its world, that of professional tennis, where economic difficulties have accompanied most of the players and tournaments for a year now, especially when compared to the splendor that illuminated the circuit up to 12 months ago.
Tsonga: "Tennis players are no longer motivated as before"
He said: "With the current health situation, the tennis I knew no longer exists. It's a different atmosphere, no crowds, you can't raise your arms to greet the crowd when you step on the court, tests every three or four days, no restaurant to clear your mind.
It's complicated. There are also some tennis players who play at a loss. I am one of the oldest and I know how many of us have enjoyed the world of tennis. Some experienced players tell you. I will fly, I will lose money, I will always get my points, but I will not have fun, I have no motivation.
Many of them no longer know how to motivate themselves, this is the reality." In his career Tsonga has won 18 ATP titles in singles and 4 in doubles, reaching the 5th position in the world rankings in February 2012.
In the Grand Slam tournaments he boasts as best result the final at the Australian Open 2008, he also reached the semifinals in Wimbledon in 2011 and 2012 and Roland Garros in 2013 and 2015. At the London 2012 Olympics he won the silver medal in the doubles tournament paired with compatriot Michaël Llodra, beaten in the final by the American brothers Mike and Bob Bryan. He was part of the French team that won the 2017 Davis Cup after 16 years from their last transalpine success.