Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has won his 17th career title, easily overpowering fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in Montpellier.
Tsonga has fallen outside the top 200 players in the world due to injury and needed a wildcard to enter the event, but eased to a 6-4 6-2 win.
“I am very happy with the way I played this week,” said Tsonga who missed over half of 2018 with a knee injury. “It was an amazing moment for me to win here in Montpellier.
“I have made many efforts to come back, so for me it is a good reward and I hope I will be able to continue playing at this level.”
The result will see Tsonga enjoy a big rankings jump, probably to inside the top 150, but leaves Herbert still searching for his first ATP Tour title.
“It was a tough match against Jo,” said Herbert.
“I knew it was going to be a hard match and he was all over me for the whole final.
“He was just the better player today. I am happy about my week, I played five matches at a high level and I am looking forward to the rest of season. [I will] try to keep up the good work.”
A look at the prize money on offer at the Grand Slams.
Get your daily dose of tennis news and gossip.
Mats Wilander unimpressed by Roger Federer’s tactics.
More money for US Open competitors.
Wimbledon champions heap the praise on one another.
What’s going on in Tennis Today?
Spaniards in good shape in Bastad.
Second seed going well in Romania.
Are younger generation ‘close’ to legends?
World number two invites us in…