Tsonga Handed Aussie Wildcard

Tsonga Handed Aussie Wildcard

The French Tennis Federation has confirmed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has been granted a reciprocal wildcard to play at the Australian Open.

Former world number five Tsonga has endured an injury-ravaged 2018 campaign and he has only managed to play seven tournaments on the ATP Tour, with one of those being the Davis Cup final loss to Croatia.

Now down at 258 in the official rankings, the Frenchman is becoming the forgotten man on tour and he will be hoping to put his injury troubles behind him when the action gets underway in 2019.

The 33-year-old has been handed an opportunity to land his maiden Grand Slam title after being confirmed as one of the wildcards for the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, which runs from January 14-27.

Tsonga, who made his debut in the first major event of the year in 2007, came closest to winning the Aussie crown in 2008 when losing to Serbian Novak Djokovic in the final.

Australia has been one of the Frenchman’s favoured places, with a semi-final appearance made at Melbourne in 2010 and three quarter-final runs enjoyed in 2009, 2013 and 2017.

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