The large bandage around his right calf for his final training before his entry into the running left little room for doubt. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (36) will not play this US Open 2021. The Frenchman tested himself for the last time on Monday morning with Pierre-Hugues Herbert as his partner. But very quickly, he showed that he could not move on the court.
The two men continued their session and the Manceau was content to remain in fixed point and return forehands, backhands and services of “P2H”, which launched its tournament vis-a-vis Adrian Mannarino. “It’s for you this year,” blurted a spectator in the direction of Tsonga. “If only”, the Frenchman whispered in response.
The season will have been reduced to the bare minimum for Tsonga, down to 98th place in the world. In 2021, he has so far played only nine matches and has only one victory, in March in Marseille, against Feliciano Lopez (3-6, 6-4, 7-5). He had not appeared in competition since his defeat in the first round of Wimbledon against Mikael Ymer (7-5, 6-7 , 6-4, 6-3).
Almost a year ago, in September 2020, Tsonga prematurely ended his season with a back injury. Bypassing Roland-Garros 2020 and the Australian Open 2021, Tsonga was able to resume in February in Marseille. But a month later, an injury to his right arm forced him to retire in the first round of the Dubai Open, forcing him to take another month off competition.