Tennis: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulls out of Australian Open

French world number 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has pulled out of this month's Australian Open due to an arm injury. He had been struggling to overcome this injury for over a month and has already missed the Hopman Cup this week.

"I am still suffering from a forearm inflammation that prevents me being 100% in a competition," said Tsonga. The Frenchman has a good track record at this Grand Slam tournament, reaching the final in 2008, which he lost to Novak Djokovic.

The setback is a "big disappointment" for the player, who added: "I'm going to receive over three weeks all the needed treatments to be able to be back on track in the best conditions." US Open champion Marin Cilic is a doubt for the Australian Open because of a right shoulder injury. He said: "Considering the full recovery and opportunity for practice, it is highly questionable if I will be able to play."

Novak Djokovic is the current Australian Open favourite, he is 1/1 at Bet365 to win the tournament.

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  • Montenegro VlahovicNovo


    So much player are deleyed this year Australian Open.One of them is Jo Wilfried Tsonga.There are also other well-known names like Nicolas Almagro and Marin Cilic and they will there fore be less interstingly competition.Sure we expect a strong fight and in the best shape are for now Djokovic and Murray.My opinion is that Djokovic to win the Grand Slam in season Australian Open.

  • Bulgaria sharpe


    The injuries are big part of every professional sport (tennis) player live, so you just have to accept them and try to get over it. Tsonga is still relatively young ,so he will be close to hes best form sooner or later. Yes maybe Australian open will lose from his absence but still many big names will participate which will make the tournament attractive.

  • Ukraine timidi


    I think that tennis become very boring. I just don't see excitement. Djokovic is big favorite, nadal is struggling with injury, Federer is too old and I don't see any other player who can win Australian open. So Novak is great player but he isn't even close to some of great legends of this sport. And when player Like Novak Dokovic can be dominate you can imagine how bad are other players.

  • The Netherlands Johnajax


    tsonga is great player and he is one of my secret favorite for every big tournament. I think that he can win against every player on the world only when he plays well. So this tournament without Tsonga won't be the same. I hope that Roger can play well and maybe win and maybe this year he can return on first place of ATP where he belong.

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