Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's Biography
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga became the first player to reach his first ATP-level final in a Grand Slam since Gustavo Kuerten in 1997.
However, Tsonga lost the final of the Australian Open to Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-2).
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was born on 17 April 1985 in Le Mans, France, the son of a Congolese international handball player.
In his younger days Tsonga practised intensively with Gael Monfils.
The right-handed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ended 2003 as the No. 2 junior in the world.
He became a tennis professional in 2004 but was dogged by injuries to his back, shoulder and knee.
In 2004, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga recorded the third fastest serve on the ATP circuit that year (144 mph).
The BBC commented back in June 2007 after Tsonga's improved performance at Queen's, where he beat Lleyton Hewitt:
"Maybe Roger Federer should watch his back, with fighting talk like that Tsonga could just be on his way to becoming 'The Champ' on grass."
On 2 November 2008, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won his maiden Masters Series title by beating David Nalbandian 6-3 4-6 6-4 in the final of the Paris Masters.
In January 2010, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open, but was beaten by Roger Federer.
In 2011, Tsonga came from two sets down to beat Roger Federer 3-6 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-4 6-4 to reach the semi-final stage at Wimbledon.
In November 2011, the tables were turned once more when Federer beat Tsonga 6-1, 7-6 in the final of the Paris Masters.
Subsequent performances of note were reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2012, and the semi-finals of the French Open in 2015.
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