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.
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“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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