Jo – Wilfred Tsonga was born on the 19th of April 1985 at Le mans in France, he is the son of a handball player of a Congolese decent “Dider Tsonga” and a French mother “Evelyne”. He is the the second born of the family of three with a elder sister and a junior brother (Sasha and Enzo).
At the age of 18, Jo -Wilfred Tsonga was ahead of his pair in the junior tennis career by winning the US open for boys and was a semi finalist thrice in the other slam (Australia open, French open and Wimbledon open) all in 2003 he became pro fully in 2004.
He was the next big thing in tennis with his deadly serve and powerful fore hand which was his key strength in the game he was dubbed has the “Muhammad Ali” of tennis. With his aggressive style of play, hitting the ball with pace on his fore hand this drives opponent off the court and confuse on how to counter his move. His development in tennis was hampered with a lot of injuries from 2005 to 2006, he could only play eight ATP singles Tournament.
In 2007 he was giving a wild card to play in Australian open and Wimbledon open as he was ranked 212, he gradually move a step forward in the ranking. After winning four challengers title in Tallahassee, Mexico city, Lanzarote and Surbiton which moved him to 110, these was before the Wimbledon open in which he crashed out at the fourth round after suffering a defeat to Richard Gasquet his fellow country man, after the tournament he moved a step further in the ranking from 110 to 74.
At the end of the tennis court season Jo- Wilfred Tsonga moved up in the rankings, from 74 to 43 and was awarded ATP New comer of the Year. This showed how Jo had develop in the game and hoping more things to come from him.
2008 was the breakthrough year for Tsonga as he went to the Australia open final. He defeated British number one and ninth seed Andy Murray in the first round, he also defeated second seeded Rafael Nadal in the semi final which was impressive but he lost the final to third seed Novak Djokovic. All these was the highlights of him in 2008 and winning ATP Masters but the lows were his consistent knee injuries that made him not to compete for the other three grand slams and Davis cup.
Years went by and Jo Wilfred Tsonga became inconsistent in his game, he started dropping in the rankings, his weakness increased instead of his strength, changing coaching from Eric Wingradsky to Roger Rasheed, Nicholas Escude, Thierry Ascione and Sergi Bruguera. This looks like a French curse of not winning any grand slam – He was leader of the four French muskuters consisting of him, Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon who were hopeful of winning a grand slam which didn’t come to avail.
Tsonga titles wins include four Metz masters, four Marseille masters, Montpellier and Paris masters making it eleven titles he won in his country – Others titles include one in Johannesburg, Vienna, Tokyo, Antwerp, Doha, Bangkok, Rotterdam.
The 35-year-old Olympic silver medalist career can be described as one that didn’t reach their potential, considering the way he broke into the tennis world.