Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: How Can the Frenchman Break the "Big Four" Stronghold?

By Bell Malley
at Internationaled.org

Published: July 10, 2012

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As the eyes of the tennis world collectively shift from Wimbledon to the London Olympics (held at the same venue), and then to New York for the US Open the majority of fans only have a few questions on their mind.

Will Roger Federer consolidate his No. 1 ranking by winning the Gold Medal and/or a sixth US Open crown?

Can Novak Djokovic get back to his 2011 self and defend his US Open title?

Can Rafael Nadal shake off a stunning second-round defeat at the All-England Club to defend the Olympic Gold he won in 2008?

Will Andy Murray be able to please the home crowd and win a medal in London?

Between these four players, who, over the past few years have separated themselves from the pack in men's tennis, there is something for  everyone.

As one moves down the world rankings, he or she will find players who have a less fervent fan base and aren't followed nearly as closely by the media.

Just one notch below the so called "Big Four", at No. 6 sits Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a player high on talent, but low on decision-making.

The first sighting of Tsonga came four years ago at the Australian Open, when, as an unseeded player, he stormed through the draw all the way to final, where he lost in four spirited sets to Djokovic. En route, he defeated two of the players mentioned above; Murray in the first round and Nadal in the semifinals.



Injuries hindered Jo-Willy's progress over the next couple years, but near the end of 2011, things seemed to change.

A healthy Tsonga stunned Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, before losing in the semis once again to Djokovic. Then, when the indoor season came around, the flamboyant Frenchman made four out of a possible six finals, winning two titles.

Tsonga carried his solid play into 2012, winning an early-season event in Doha, and then making deep runs at Roland Garros and Wimbl...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Tennis

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