Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (ATP 220), former number five in the world and long-term French number one, announced on Wednesday that he will hang his tennis racket after Roland Garros later this year. At that time he will be 37. He announced the news in a video he posted on social media.
“A few weeks ago I made the decision that I will retire from tennis after this year’s Roland Garros. It will be my fifteenth Grand Slam on French soil,” he concluded. Over the past four years, the flamboyant Frenchman has been plagued by several injuries.
Tsonga has 18 ATP titles to his name, with the Masters 1,000 tournaments in Paris (2008) and Canada (2014) being the highlights. He also lost 12 finals, including the 2008 Australian Open against Novak Djokovic and the 2011 Masters against Roger Federer.