Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is currently a French professional tennis player. A long-time champion of the French national tennis court, Tsonga first joined the national team at the age of 16. He has also represented his country in several other international tournaments such as the US, UK and Australia. In 2021, he became the youngest man ever to win the French Federation Grand Prix event. After this achievement, Tsonga qualified for the world’s team, where he won another grand slam title.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Personal Details
- Date Of Birth: 17 April 1985
- Birth Place: Le Mans, France
- Birth Name: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
- Nickname: Tsonga, Ali
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
- Occupation: Tennis player
- Nationality: French
- Race/Ethnicity: Multiracial (Congolese, French)
- Religion: Unknown
- Hair Color: Black
- Eye Color: Brown
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Body Statistics
- Weight in Pounds: 201 lbs
- Weight in Kilogram: 91 kg
- Height in Feet: 6′ 2″
- Height in Meters: 1.88 m
- Body Build: Athletic
- Chest: 43 in (109 cm)
- Biceps: 15.5 in (39.5 cm)
- Waist: 33 in (84 cm)
- Shoe Size: 14 (US)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Family Details
- Father: Didier Tsonga
- Mother: Évelyne Tsonga
- Spouse: Not yet
- Children: No
- Siblings: Enzo Tsonga (Younger Brother), Sasha Tsonga (Elder Sister)
- Others: Mael Lepicier (Cousin) (Footballer)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Education
- Year Turned Pro: 2004
- Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
- High Rank for Singles: No. 5 (27 February 2012)
- High Rank for Doubles: No. 33 (26 October 2009)
- Coach(es): Eric Winogradsky (2004–2011), Roger Rasheed (2012–2013), Thierry Ascione (2013), Nicolas Escudé (2013)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Facts
- He belongs to Congolese and French descent.
- His younger brother, Enzo, is a basketball player.
- He was named as the 2008 Most Improved Player of the Year.
- He was voted the 2007 ATP Newcomer of the Year.
- He is nicknamed Ali because of him having a similar face to the former American boxer Muhammad Ali.
“The serve is the only thing you know about yourself when you play tennis. If you make it right, you make it right. Nobody can touch you when you serve. Nobody can disturb you. You have the ball in the hand.” – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was born in Nice, France on April 17. A qualified electrician, he began playing tennis at the local amateur club, before going onto the train with Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in Paris, where he honed his skills in fencing and snooker. After moving to Paris and joining the ATP pro circuit in 2021, Tsonga made an impact on the Australian public when he defeated Mike Wilkins in the Wimbledon quarter final, setting up a showdown against the then world number one player, Roger Federer. Tsonga went on to win the Australian open, beating world number three Dj Djokovic in the final, before losing in the quarter final to eventual winner Federer once again. Jo-Wilfried has since then enjoyed a varied career, winning four more grand slam titles, before falling out of love with the game.
After a near miss at the Sydney grand slams, where he went out in the first round, Tsonga made a return to the slam event at the Melbourne international, where he beat Andy Murray to reach the second round before being beaten by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. This time around, it was another big scalp as Federer eased past the French, 4-3, before falling to Tsonga in the semis. Tsonga then lost to the world’s number two Djokovic in the quarter finals, before claiming the crown at the Australian open final, where he defeated world number three Djokovic in the final. It was a remarkable achievement for a man that many critics still labelled as past his sell by date, but a title in Melbourne means a year or so of consistent dominance will be what earns Jo-Wilfried Tsonga the chance to challenge for the world grand slam trophy once again. However, it remains to be seen whether he has what it takes to defeat world number one Novak Djokovic in a grand slam tournament.
Tsonga impressed at the 2021 Australian open, where he defeated world number three Djokovic in the opening round before being dispatched 3-games to one by the Italian in the semi-finals. He was then beaten by world number two Djokovic in the quarter finals, before being beaten in the semis by the Serb again. Finally, in the grand final, Tsonga was defeated by the Italian again, this time in straight sets, but with four games to spare. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s junior career has been very good, but it will always remain a case of whether or not he can translate those results into genuine world class tennis players, and challenge for the top spots in both the men’s and women’s game.
The key to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s success is his confidence. If you look at any successful tennis player, you will see that they have a certain confidence and ability to always believe in themselves, despite the doubt that some of their peers may cast upon them. Tsonga certainly has the ability to do this, something that all other junior tennis players will have to work on if they want to continue to challenge for grand slam titles. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has been able to build a solid reputation as one of the best young tennis players in the world, and one of the best junior players as well. While we wait for him to claim another US open title, his performance so far has shown us that he is definitely a serious tennis player who has the ability to challenge for a top spot in the sport.
This is only part of what makes Jo-Wilfried Tsonga so unique. One of his greatest strengths is that he is absolutely focused. Many of us easily get distracted by the other stars of the game, thinking about how awesome our potential competitors are, only to forget that there are plenty more just as talented waiting to make their debut at an Australian open or at a Wimbledon tournament. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga put himself in the shoes of other top players before he ever stepped onto the court, and he’s made no mistake about it. He is focused, he is dedicated, and he is the type of competitor every tennis fan should be cheering for.