It was the best of times and the not-so-good ones for Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. He was chosen by Captain Yannick Noah to play for the French Davis Cup but Tsonga was playing with a bit of anguish coming back from knee surgery and trying to do well for his country.
The French players were from astute backgrounds and tennis resumes. But the result was that France was outplayed by the Croatians who eventually won the final. It was not known in the forefront that Tsonga was ailing more than he'd let on and it was in the third set with Marin Cilic that he had to take a medical timeout.
Tsonga was on the injured list for seven months from knee surgery and he didn't want to disappoint his fans and the Davis Cup team. As he stepped out of the court and was examined, doctors said: "Maybe it would be better for you to stop".
He couldn't see that happening with thousands cheering him on even though the result wasn't in France's favour. Tsonga had felt pain in his adductor (thigh) muscle and would have to get evaluated. Along the way from the beginning of the year, he was ranked in the top 15, absent from most of the season after February, due to knee ailments, he's dropped to 259th.
He hasn't seemed to have gotten out of the doldrums and there have been knee flare-ups too. The first round tie of the Davis Cup he withdrew one day before the start because of the knee. It was in March his ranking had fallen to no.
38. In April was his knee surgery and he hasn't popped back fully since then, not being able to get back on the court consistently, he's at no. 259. After his lacklustre performance at Davis Cup, he went searching for another coach.
Sergi Bruguera seems to be the Spaniard of the season as he was officially confirmed to be the 2019 Spain's Davis Cup team captain and will also be Jo-Wilfred Tsonga's coach. Bruguera has led an illustrious playing career having won the French Open in 1993, 1994 with recently coaching another French comrade, Richard Gasquet.
Tsonga has announced on his social media that "I'm happy to announce that Sergi Bruguera will be part of my team in 2019. I'm very excited to start working together and to take up new challenges". Jo-Wilfred Tsonga will be quite busy with getting treatment for his ailments and sitting down to re-calculate his strategies, some regular and many new tactics to have a successful and pain-free 2019 season.