French Opn 2022: Two-time semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was emotional as he struggled to hold back tears when the Philippe Chatrier crowd gave him a standing ovation after he brought an end to his career following a 4-set defeat to Casper Ruud.
French Open: Tsonga ends career after valiant show vs Ruud, Rublev survives scare (Reuters Photo)
- Tsonga lost in 4 sets to 8th seed Ruud in the first round
- Tsonga fought back tears as he brought an end to his career
- Andrey Rublev survived a scare in his opening-round match
Former World No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday brought an end to his glittering career with a valiant fight, that was reflective of his career against 8th seed Casper Ruud in the men’s singles first round at the French Open. The 2-time semi-finalist had announced before the start of Roland Garros that the clay-court major at home would be his final tournament and he came up with a show that had the home fans buzzing.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga big goodbye with a valiant 4-set battle that he lost 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 2-6, 6-7 (0) to Ruud at the Philippe Chatrier. Tsonga gave the in-form Norwegian a scare before bowing out on a high.
An emotional Tsonga bowed down and fought back tears while receiving a standing ovation from the crowd at the iconic centre court.
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Tsonga, 37, has struggled with injuries in recent years and has not won a match since beating compatriot Gilles Simon, who will also be retiring after Roland Garros, at the ATP 250 event in Marseille in February.
The win was only the third since 2019 for the former world number five, who missed almost the entire 2020 season with a back injury and posted a 1-8 record last year.
It was a tough test for Ruud, who has made heads turn with his run in 2022. Ruud reached the semi-final at the Italian Open Masters 1000 and won the title in Geneva before he arrived in Paris.
RUBLEV SURVIVES SCARE
Meanwhile, Andrey Rublev, seeded 7th, survived a first-set scare to move past Kwon Soon-woo 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2 6-4 and will next face either Adrian Mannarino or Federico Delbonis.
The 24-year-old let his frustrations boil over after losing the tiebreak as he angrily whacked a ball, which struck his chair and narrowly missed the head of a groundsman but managed to regain composure and get the job done in 4 sets.