Tennis - Former Top 10 player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, from France, will compete at the ATP Challenger in Cassis. Tsonga was beaten in the first round of his previous two tournaments - the ATP Masters in Montreal and the ongoing US Open in New York.
The Cassis Challenger starts on September 2nd and the tournament organizers have offered him a wild card. Tsonga is currently ranked No. 65 in the world. Other players present in the tournament include Corentin Moutet, Antoine Hoang or Grégoire Barrere will also be present.
Tsonga won the ATP title in Montpellier in the beginning of the season but has struggled to find his consistency since then. He reached the third round of the Wimbledon and Cincinnati events but his early loss to Tennys Sandgren at the US Open means he would be able to compete in the Cassis Challenger next week when no other ATP tournament is proposed to be held..
Tsonga had also particpated in the ATP Challenger event in Bordeaux in April. That was the first time he competed in a Challenger event since 2007. The Frenchman is not the only top star to come down to the Challenger level in recent times.
Former World No. 1 Andy Murray also competed in the ATP Challenger in Mallorca this week after returning from hip surgery. Tsonga's bext performance was reaching the Australian Open finals in 2008 and peaking at No. 5 in the rankings in 2012. He has won 17 ATP titles so far in his career and was also part of the Davis Cup winning team for France in 2017.