Unseeded and competing in just his second Australian Open, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Rafael Nadal in the 2008 Melbourne semis to reach his first Grand Slam final where he lost to Novak Djokovic in four sets. Right knee surgery kept Tsonga out of the French Open and Wimbledon in 2008, but he returned to the circuit with a run that saw him claim his first ATP singles title in Bangkok, and then the ATP Masters title in Paris. The breakthrough season saw the Frenchman rise from a 2007 year-end ranking of No. 43 to No. 6, a rank he first achieved on November 17, 2009. His No. 6 ranking qualified him for the 2008 World Tour Finals in Shanghai, where he did not advance out of round-robin play. Tsonga won three titles in 2009 and finished that year ranked No. 10; it was the second straight year he was the top-ranked Frenchman. Highly talented and with a hugely physical game, the Frenchman and Muhammad Ali look-alike beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal to reach the Queen's Club final in 2011 before bowing to Andy Murray. Tsonga captured his sixth career title in Metz, raising his record in finals to 6-3. Tsonga was runner-up to Roger Federer in both the Paris Masters and the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. He led the ATP in aces (825) and finished the 2011 season ranked No. 6. Tsonga opened the 2012 season sweeping Gael Monfils in an all-French final to win Doha. Tsonga also won Metz and partnered Michael Llodra to win the silver medal in doubles at the 2012 Olympic Games. In February, 2013, Tsonga became the first man to win an ATP title saving match points in two different matches in Marseille. Sidelined with a left knee injury for nearly three months, Tsonga returned in September, 2013 and was denied his third consecutive Metz title, falling to Gilles Simon, 6-4, 6-3, in an all-French final. The 2003 U.S. Open junior champion, Tsonga is the son of Didier and Evelyne. His younger brother, Enzo, plays basketball.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Tournament History
2012: Metz, Doha
2011: Vienna, Metz
2009: Tokyo, Marseille, Johannesburg
2008: Paris, Bangkok
2009: Shanghai, Brisbane