JO WILFRIED TSONGA
Le Mans, France
Right-handed, two-handed backhand
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MEET JO WILFRIED TSONGA
When Jo Wilfried Tsonga knocked out Andy Murray in the first round of the Australian Open in 2008, the reaction was significant, and immediate. Here was a player with blistering power. And physically, he looked exactly like a young Muhammad Ali. When he went on to reach the final, blitzing Rafael Nadal in the semifinals in the process, and then revealed that his own father had been present at The Rumble In The Jungle between Ali and George Foreman in 1974, the image was complete. Exuding likability from every pore, Tsonga has been a fan favourite ever since, reaching French and Wimbledon semi-finals, and pushing Andy Murray all the way at SW19 this year. He has registered wins over all the top players during his career, and yet there is still the feeling that his best could be yet to come.
TIE BREAK STRENGTHS
At times, Tsonga looks like he is wielding a lollipop rather than a tennis racquet, such is his physical size and stature on a court, and he carries power to match. Perfect for blasting through tie-breaks.
Tsonga has an ability to reach balls that are seemingly beyond him, via fleet of foot, prodigious leap, or in true Boris Becker-style, by diving. It’s an ability that wins him vital points in tie-breaks.
The sight of Tsonga bouncing around tennis courts in victory at the end of matches is one of the most captivating images in the sport. It’s an exuberance that gets crowds on his side, and carries him to greater heights in tight moments.
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