French star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga issues injury update as he hits comeback trail

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga concerned

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has given a fitness update as he attempts to battle back from injury.

The former top-10 player hasn’t played since withdrawing from the Montpellier Open semi-final in February, and he has had surgery on his knee this year to repair a torn meniscus.

The enforced lay-off has seen his world ranking drop to 73, but he’s aiming to return at the Open d’Orleans, a Challenger circuit event, in France on September 24 as part of a carefully designed program aimed at regaining his former heights.

“For the moment, I’m fine, I’m crossing my fingers.” Tsonga told France Bleu.

“I am preparing myself quietly to resume the competition so I hope that I will be able to be do so in the coming weeks and that I will be able to resume the course of my career.”

“This week, it’s going to be the last test for me because I’m really doing the very big sessions a lot of time on the court and a lot of practice sets.

“And at the end of this week, if everything continues to go well, I will be able to resume competition.”

“For me the goal is to return to a level a little lower than I have had the last ten years to try to win several matches in a row.

“Then I would like to find my rhythm because the most difficult thing about tennis is not to win a game but to get to win several in a row and especially in a week where we play almost every day.”

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