Initially registered for the Masters 1000 de Monte-Carlo, which will take place from April 10 to 18 in the Principality, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is no longer on the list of participants this weekend. Hit in the right arm, Manceau had recently withdrawn from the Miami tournament.
Like world number 4 Dominic Thiem, to name just him, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga should not be there for the start of the clay-court season on April 10 in Monte-Carlo. Initially, the Manceau more appeared on the courts since his entry elimination on March 15 in Dubai, where he was once again forced to throw in the towel in the middle of the match, against the Tunisian Malek Jaziri while the two men were were still neck and neck (3-3) in the first set, should have resumed on the occasion of the Monegasque meeting which will therefore begin on April 10 and end eight days later, on the 18th. case what suggested the presence of his name among the registrants for this tournament in which he participated nine times since the start of his career but which he had left as soon as he entered the running during the last edition, in 2019, on a new abandonment (at 4-6, 0-6 against him against the American Taylor Fritz).
At 35, Tsonga probably no longer wants to go through qualifications …
Obviously, the former French number 1, now 68th in the standings, has revised his position. Unless his injury to the right biceps which had forced him to give up the Miami Masters 1000 also forced him to skip Monte-Carlo (it was initially a question of an absence of two to six weeks ). Last Monday, his presence in training on the courts of Villeneuve Loubet’s All In Academy seemed to give the impression that the 35-year-old was perfectly recovered, and ready to return to the grounds on the Rock. Yet it is by his absence that Tsonga should shine only once more. The last two invitations having been issued to his compatriot Lucas Pouille and to Monegasque Lucas Catarina, the former leader of the French Davis Cup team should have qualified anyway to be able to enter the main draw. A prospect that seems to have cooled the double semi-finalist of the event (in 2013 and 2016). Hence perhaps his wish to no longer be part of the registrants.