Former world no. 5 and French tennis star Jo-Wilfred Tsonga has announced that the 2022 Roland Garros will be his last professional tennis competition. The Frenchman will compete at the clay-court Grand Slam for the 15th time in his career this year. The 36-year-old was one of the most entertaining players to watch in the late 2000s and early 2010s. His career-best ranking of fifth was achieved in 2012. Tsonga has played some classic matches against some of the greatest players of all time, especially against the big three. The Frenchman has won 18 ATP titles in his career so far. IN 2017, he helped France win their first Davis Cup in 16 years.
“It is with great emotion that I announce today my decision to stop my professional career at the next French Open. So many incredible moments, so much joy shared with a public that gave me a lot,” Tsonga wrote on social media. “Hoping for one last thrill with you!”
Tsonga is a two-time singles semi-finalist at the tournament, having played doubles at Roland Garros in 2002 and 2003 before switching to singles in 2005. The Frenchman has won two ATP Masters 1000 titles (2008 in Paris and 2014 in Canada), competed in three Nitto ATP Finals (2008, 2011-12), and reached a major final at the 2008 Australian Open. The 36-year-old has the second-highest winning percentage of any Frenchman in tour-level matches (66.5%), trailing only Yannick Noah (69.6%). Tsonga has won 467 matches and is an 18-time tour-level champion.
“I hope that I will stay in shape before and be able to be who I have always been at this tournament,” Tsonga said in a YouTube video. “I have always set myself high goals to try to get what I can. For me, this will be the opportunity to do it one last time.”