It was to be expected … Since his back inflammation contracted in the first round of the Australian Open, we had never seen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on the courts. And we won’t see him again, at best, before 2021.
The world n ° 52 posted a video this Wednesday morning on social networks to take stock of his state of health. And the record is hardly glowing. Perplexed with pain that he cannot get rid of. “We racked our brains with the medical profession so that I could come back as quickly as possible,” explains the 2008 Australian Open finalist, who reached 5th place in the world in 2012. It’s a complicated year with bone edema (Editor’s note: at the meniscus), the inflammation in the back that persists… Unfortunately, Roland-Garros and the entire 2020 season, it’s compromised for me. I would have loved to be one of the players on the starting line. “
Tsonga will have spent much of his rich career (18 titles on the circuit and a Davis Cup victory in 2017) fighting his physique. Fatalist, aware that his ills are irreversible, the Habs have been preparing for the aftermath for a long time by multiplying projects and caps. “This present (Editor’s note: its many unavailability) helped me build the future, he told us in March 2020. When you’re injured for three months, what do you do? The treatments do not take you more than half a day. The rest of your time is free to learn. “
Between rehabilitation and transmission
The word retirement is anything but taboo. “My body makes me feel that it won’t last much longer,” he said last April. I also have a lot of questions about how I’m going to end my career. “The former French n ° 1 divides his time between rehabilitation and transmission to the All In Academy, including an antenna opened in Villeneuve-Loubet (Alpes-Maritimes) after confinement.
Without giving up the hope of regaining the competition, at least for one last lap with a view to Roland-Garros next spring. ” I am thoroughly. I’m sure I’ll come back, he blurted out. And that things are going to happen. “A future that is however largely written in the conditional …