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Joe Wilfred Tsonga - A Technical discussion

The first time I saw Tsonga play was Wimbledon 2007 on Court 18 against Feliciano Lopez. I admit I never heard of him before the match but after 90 minutes of stunning Tennis, I was convinced this was a future star in the making. Lopez was very accepting at the end of the match at the net, looking Tsonga in the eye with an approving shake of the head that he was outplayed fair and square. The Spanish contingent sitting next to me also had no complaints.

Just a few months later Joe would get to the Aussie Open final thrashing Nadal in the semifinal. Tsonga also won Paris Bercy in 2008 and would give a good account of himself at the World Championships in Shanghai.

What impressed me in 2007 was his power, his movement and athleticism, his big serve and ground strokes, and willingness to get to net and serve and volley occasionally to mix things up.

This year I’ve noticed during the Australian Open that he doesn’t quite look right to me, the ball seems to fly on him often and he doesn’t have the same control and power he had before. Of course he’s always been slightly inconsistent but he must be readjusting to a different type of racquet. I don’t think it’s a paint job because the head size is noticeably bigger.

So I would like to ask this question and get your opinion – now that Joe uses a Babolat racquet which is different in many ways to the Wilson midsize he was using previously; does the Babolat complement the style of Tennis that Tsonga wants to play?
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Injuries.

He's been trying to play more cautiously to extend his career, the babolat racquet is part of this too.

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You also have to take into account that Tsonga is also a player who lives off the crowd (hence he always does better in french tournaments).

Also babolat rackets usually do more spin so it makes his shots more consistent. Although it does take away a bit of power Jo is strong enough that he can generate enough racket speed with his arm which is good, but at the same time terrifying for his fans (or maybe just me) as everytime he does a massive forehand, he seems like a ticking time bomb for a shoulder injury.

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I wil very interested to see how Tsonga does on the grass this year. He only won one match last year at Wimbledon, a 4 setter over Golubev. Not exactly a great result.

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He should use a Head Prestige.

Something in between the Wilson and the Babolat.

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He should use a Head Prestige.

Something in between the Wilson and the Babolat.
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Brilliant from Jo.

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The racquet has nothing to do with talent and the results.
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The racquet has nothing to do with talent and the results.
Well, it has nothing to do with innate talent, but it surely has a lot do with results. They don't pick them randomly, but to suit their game for a reason
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Jo got such a great potential. I'll hope he achieves lot of big results next years.

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Ok player. Too much mental instability to be too good. Also his tactics are some of the worst in the pro level

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He's capable of some unreal tennis as seen in that video just posted.
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