French tennis star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has been struggling with injuries recently while he finished the 2020 season 0-2 win\loss record. However, the 35-years-old has announced that he would not participate at the Australian Open 2021 because of a medical agreement.
In 2020, Tsonga has not played a match since his straight-set loss against Alexei Popyrin in the first round of the Australian Open. Later, Frenchman declared that he would forgo the rest of the season due to a lingering lower back problem.
On Tuesday, World No.62 Tsonga announced his decision for the first Grand Slam event of the 2021 season through his Twitter handle.
Therein, 2008 Australian Open runner-up said, “Despite great progress in recent months, I am still not able to play in the competition. In agreement with the medical team, the Australian Open is therefore compromised this year.”
Tsonga continued, “I am looking forward to getting back on a tennis court, but I have to be patient…even if not going to Australia this year is a heartbreaker.”
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Expressed Gratitude For Tennis Authorities
Even though Tsonga could not participate in tours, he could not forget to thank tennis control boards and supporters who help to organise the tournaments during these unprecedented periods.
“Thanks to tennis Australia, the ATP and all those who have been fighting for months to keep tennis alive in these challenging times”, he added.
Tsonga, who has beaten Big Four members at least once at a Grand Slam, believes that he will be on tour sooner and sends greetings to his fans ahead of the festivals.
“I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, take care of yourself and see you soon on the court! Sincerely, Jo”, Tsonga concluded.