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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - France  

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Birth Date: 4/17/1985 Age: 29
Birth Place: Le Mans, France Residence: Gingins, Switzerland
Height: 6'2'' (188 cm) Weight: 201 lbs (91 kg)
Year Turned Pro: 2004 Plays: Right-handed
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On the Court

Turned pro in 2004. Was awarded a wild card at Beijing that September and started his ATP career by shocking No. 6 Carlos Moya in straight sets. Received a wild card to the Paris Masters in November and upset No. 30 Mario Ancic in the first round. Played just one ATP match in 2005, instead focusing on Challenger level tournaments. The one ATP event was his Grand Slam debut, a loss at Roland Garros to No. 3 Andy Roddick.

Played only Challenger level and Futures events in 2006, winning four titles and reaching two other finals. Moved to the ATP tour in 2007, finishing with a 14-10 record and ending the year ranked in the Top 50. Received a main draw wildcard at Wimbledon and sprinted to the fourth round to jump from 110th to 74th in the rankings. Made it to the third round at the US Open to climb to No. 60. Reached the semifinals at Lyon with an upset to No. 11 Richard Gasquet to join the Top 50 for the first time.

Exploded onto the scene in 2008 with a 34-14 record, two titles and a spot in the Top 10 at year's end. Was ranked 38th in the world entering the Australian Open, then went on one of the greatest runs in Open Era history by an unseeded player - defeating No. 9 Andy Murray in the first round, No. 8 Gasquet in the fourth round and No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals before losing to No. 3 Novak Djokovic in a four-set final. Rose from No. 38 to No. 20 following the tournament. Won his first ATP title at Bangkok, knocking off Djokovic in straight sets. Won the Masters at Paris by taking out Djokovic, Roddick, No. 11 James Blake and No. 8 David Nalbandian to rise to No. 7, qualifying him for the Tennis Master Cup, in which he went 1-2 in round-robin play.

Made it back-to-back years in the Top 10 in 2009, winning 53 matches and three titles. Fell in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open to drop from 7th to 14th, then bounced back to win Johannesburg. Won Marseille a month later with another victory over Djokovic (this time in the semifinals). Reached the fourth round at the French Open, the semifinals at the Rogers Cup with his first-ever win over No. 1 Roger Federer and won Tokyo to finish the year No. 9 in the world.

Missed nearly four months due to injury after Wimbledon, causing him to fall out of the Top 10 in 2010. Prior to that, reached the Australian Open semifinals and the quarterfinals of Miami and Wimbledon. When he returned to action, reached the Shanghai quarterfinals, ending the year 31-16.

Returned to top form in 2011 with two titles and a new career high in wins with 55. An early-season slump saw him drop to No. 22 in the rankings, but roarted back at Wimbledon by becoming the first player to ever rally from an 0-2 set deficit and defeat Federer in a Grand Slam match, taking a 3-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory in the quarterfinals. Beat Federer again on his way to the Roger Cup semifinals that saw him rejoin the Top 10. Won the title at Metz, then won Vienna to qualify for the Barclays. Went 2-1 in round-robin to advance, then beat Tomas Berdych in the semifinals before falling to Federer in the championship match.

Recorded his second straight 50+ win season in 2012 with 55 wins and two titles. Kicked off the year by winning Doha for the first time and reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, losing to No. 1 Djokovic in five sets. Reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, the quarterfinals at the Summer Olympics and won Metz. Went 0-3 in the Barclays.

Grand Slam Singles Titles:

None

Year-End Singles Rankings:

2012: 8
2011: 6
2010: 13
2009: 10
2008: 6
2007: 43
2006: 212
2005: 338
2004: 163

Off the Court

Is the son of Didier, a former professional handball player and chemistry teacher, and Evelyne, also a teacher. Has a younger brother named Enzo. Nickname is "Ali" for his striking resemblance to the former legendary boxer.