Rasheed: Tsonga is a young 28

Monday, June 17, 2013 /by
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Coach Roger Rasheed tells reporters at Queen's Club that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's age is not a true indicator of his tennis experience because the 28-year-old Frenchman was sidelined for nearly three years early in his career. Tsonga fell to Andy Murray in the semifinals.

"I know he's a 28 years old but I think the age of Jo is very irrelevant purely because he missed three years of tennis, [at] 19, 20, 21,” Rasheed said. “He played five weeks each of those years. I think the number near his name is not really the number as far as tennis schooling goes. So he's a 24-25 year-old in my mind as a schooled tennis player. He plays very natural with a lot of flair and now we're just sort of shoring up his weapons. I'm just giving him a little more security in certain areas or just some understanding of a few different ways to go about his business at times.”

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