After a few tough years battling with injuries, the former world No.5 took to Twitter today to announce he would not be attending the 2021 Australian Open.
The 2008 Australian Open finalist had to pull out of the 2020 edition of the tournament earlier this year due to a back injury that has left him in chronic pain.
The 35-year-old has not played since he withdrew from Australian Open and announced back in September he would be prematurely calling his season to a halt.
Although Tsonga did reassure his fans, stating he still had the “morale, the rage, the desire, and the motivation to come back in 2021.”
But it seems the 2008 Australian Open finalist is still struggling to overcome his injuries and has now been forced to withdraw from the 2021 Australian Open.
Taking to Twitter, Tsonga wrote, “Despite great progress in recent months, I am still not able to play in competition. In agreement with the medical team, the Australian Open is therefore compromised this year.”
Australian Open ❌ pic.twitter.com/DjNGay4RWw— Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (@tsonga7) December 29, 2020
Tsonga will follow in suit of 20-time major champion Roger Federer who also announced last week that he would be pulling out of the Australian Open as he too was still not fully fit to compete.
Let’s hope to see them both back soon in 2021.
Meanwhile, in Tsonga’s absence, Italian Andreas Seppi will take up his spot in the main draw.
Ranked at No.106 on the ATP Tour, Seppi has played in 61 straight grand slam draws, that’s the 4th-longest streak behind Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco, and Roger Federer.
Belgian Arthur De Greef will also claim a spot at the men’s qualifiers in Doha.
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