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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is a retired French professional tennis player who was born on April 17, 1985, in Le Mans, France. Tsonga was known for his powerful serve and aggressive style of play, as well as his explosive athleticism on the court.

Tsonga turned professional in 2004 and quickly established himself as one of the most promising players of his generation. He reached his first Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in 2008, where he lost to Novak Djokovic in four sets. Later that year, he won his first ATP Tour title at the Paris Masters.

Tsonga went on to win a total of 18 ATP Tour singles titles, including the 2008 ATP World Tour Finals. He also had some notable victories over top-ranked players, including wins over Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic.

One of Tsonga’s most memorable performances came at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, where he defeated Federer in the quarterfinals and Djokovic in the semifinals before falling to Andy Murray in the final. Tsonga’s run to the final made him the first Frenchman to reach a Wimbledon final since 2002.

Tsonga struggled with injuries throughout his career and announced his retirement from professional tennis in 2021. He is widely regarded as one of the most popular and charismatic players of his era, and his powerful and exciting style of play earned him a large following of fans around the world.

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