Injured Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has bowed to reality and will write off the rest of his useless 2020 season.
Through the one-two punch of a lingering injury and the COVID-19 blow to the sport, the 52nd-ranked Frenchman is upping stakes with an eye to a return when the waters hopefully calm in 2021.
Tsonga, a former Australian Open finalist, has managed just two matches this year in January – he lost them both while dealing with a back injury.
Now, the 35-year-old is turning his efforts to the upcoming season, when the virus threat is hopefully more under control.
The former ATP No. 5 was upfront about his situation in a social media video:
“In 2020 I have to tick off (the year). “But I still have the passion, the desire and the motivation to come back in 2021,”
He is still dropping hints that the end of his run on court may not be far off: “I’m moving more towards retirement than starting my career.
“(That’s) simply because my body is telling me that accepting the stresses and strains of my sport will come to an end – I’m prepared for it.”
The decision leaves Tsong out of his home French Open, due to start with a crowd limit of 5,000 per day, a week from Sunday.