Let me see. I'll give my two cents.
"The crowd of Tsonga" something like that.
L'Equipe, The best sports newspaper of the world, has the advantage of sending a journalist to Pointe-Noire, Congo, just to know How the family of the father of Jo-Wilfred follow the AO final.
This is the way We met the grandpa Alphonse [second from the left], uncle Faustin [forth in the pic], and "Beuverie Tsonga", the bar that the family owns in the neighbourhood of Tie-Tie. Alphonse, 83 years old, just know the "little" Jo-Wilfried by pictures. "I have nine children and about 30 grandsons, it is impossible to me remembering all the names", Says.
During the Australian Open week, He saw for the first time a tennis match.
His son, Didier, father of Jo-Wilfried, is the responsible of having started a sport career in the family, He was one of the best handball players in the 70's for the "Black Devils" of the city of Brazaville.
"One day, Didier told me that the education conditions here were awful and wanted to try some luck in France. We waited for a scholarship which never appeared, and I decided to pay the travel to Le Mans, I don't know why there.", says Alphonse. There, Didier met Evelyn, a french lady.
"When you see him on-court, You realise that Jo looks the same as Didier but in white", says his uncle.
The day of the final, Faustin got a phone call from Chérubin Kodia, Sports Minister. The president Sassou Nguesso wanted the phone number of Jo-Wilfried, to wish him luck. But It was late, within less that half and hour the final was going to start.
The entire city followed the Tsonga matches via TV o "Francia Internacional" Radio, the most heard radio of the french speaking countries in Africa. But it occurred a problem in the day of the final: There was a blackout programmed from 7hrs to 17hrs. So people had to go looking for a power generator and sat TV.
They found it in the house of the cousin Jean-Honoré Mouanga, in the Songolo neighbourhood. The signal wasn't that clear but it wasnt a problem for the family to meet and enjoy with Jo-Wilfried. Alphonse, ex- from the Equatorial French Africa, wore the same clothes He uses to go to church.
Alphonse couldn't understand the punctuation system, say the jounalist, but anyway He enjoyed when his grandson hit the ball hard and pumped himself. "¡¡I love that!!", yelled when Jo hit 3 aces. "¡¡Stop with this kid, Look at the hot Tsonga!!", said when Eurosport showed a Rafael Nadal commercial.
Before the end, when Jo was about to lose, there was a new blackout. The family went out looking for another place with power generator, but it was late: Minister Charles Bakari Boao called Faustin and told him about the loss.
Sent by the president, Boao told him to organizate the arrival of Tsonga to congo.
"Although He lost, We have to organizate this trip, Big brother", said, "We can't leave it all to France".
Didier and his daughter Sarah already have booked a ticket for February 15, but They want Jo also, who has never landed in Congolean? floor. Of course, the tennis calendar make it hard but who knows?. It would be a huge gift for Alphonse, who has only seen him in pictures.
On Tuesday at 7 o'clock, Jo arrived to Paris and gave a interview in Roland Garros. In the indoor courts of the complex where Richard Gasquet, amelie Mauresmo and Fabrice Santoro were practising, but almost 100 journalist who were there just only cared for the new Ali. Next week, Jo will play DC in Rumania.