Merci Jo: A Tsonga Appreciation Post

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Tsonga won only his second Masters title, the first in six years, in Toronto. (2014)
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has retired after an incredible 18-year-career.

He lost his final match at Roland Garros yesterday, to Casper Ruud in 4 sets. There were tears, celebration, and remembrance of a career that saw Tsonga reach World No. 5 and become one of the few tennis players to beat the Big 3 (Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic) when they were #1 and one of just three players to beat them in the Grand Slams.


Tsonga won 18 ATP singles titles, 4 ATP doubles titles, 1 Davis Cup, 1 Hopman Cup, reached at least 3 quarter-finals at every Slam, was the runner-up in the 2008 Australian Open and 2011 ATP Tour Finals, 1 Olympics silver in 2012, and ended with a 66.2% win rate (467–238).

Semenya was also named ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2007 and won the 2003 US Open Boys’ Singles title.

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