Australian Open Website says Tsonga has uncanny resemblance to M. Ali - come on now..

01-21-2008, 12:29 PM
What do you think about this, do you think they really look alike or is it just because they are both large and muscular black guys?

01-21-2008, 12:34 PM
Tsonga's sting hurting opponents
Sunday, 20 January, 2008
By Andrew Wu

He may not yet float like a butterfly but French sensation Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's sting has already seen the demise of two top-10 players at this year's Australian Open.

Tsonga still has a long way to go to become tennis' version of the great Muhammad Ali, with whom the Frenchman bears an uncanny resemblance, but he is fast emerging as the fairytale story of this year's tournament.

Just as Marcos Baghdatis and Fernando Gonzalez, finalists in 2006 and 2007 respectively, won the hearts and minds of the Melbourne fans with their breathtaking play and exuberant personality, Tsonga is doing likewise in 2008.

And he was also appreciative of the support from the Melbourne crowd.

"I try to take some strength, because it's just unbelievable to be there. And a lot of people would like to be there. And me, I'm there," he said.

"I can play with the public. I can make a lot of show. And that's just cool. I'm very happy to be on the court."

The 22-year-old, whose career has been plagued by shoulder and back injuries, advanced to his first grand slam quarter-final when he defeated world No.8 Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.

Not only does Tsonga possess a forehand to die for, he is refreshingly honest.

When asked at his post-match press conference what went through his mind after he lost the second set in a tie-breaker moments after failing to win it on his serve, Tsonga said in his broken English: "Oh shit, shit, what's wrong with me?"

"OK, stay on the court. OK, he played the second set like me, and maybe he's going to be tired, also. So we are equal and let's go for the third set."

It is that sort of fearless attitude which has helped Tsonga, who stole a set from eventual semi-finalist Andy Roddick in the first round of last year's tournament, slash his ranking from 345 at the end of 2005 to his current career-best of 38.

And it also helped him overcome the nerves which some developing players have when pitted against their country's No.1 ranked player.

"Was it more difficult? It's difficult to play a friend, and you have to separate everything," he explained.

"OK, we are friends but when we are on the court, it's different, and I need to do my best to beat him. And that's the difficulty."

Should Tsonga overcome Russian No.14 seed Mikhail Youzhny in the quarters then a potential date with world No.2 Rafael Nadal awaits him.

Beat him and the man who looks like Ali could be facing the Ali of tennis, Roger Federer.

01-21-2008, 12:39 PM
His face resembles Ali's quite a lot (his hair style is the same as well). So yeah, for me the resemblance is evident.

01-21-2008, 12:47 PM
His face resembles Ali's quite a lot (his hair style is the same as well). So yeah, for me the resemblance is evident.

R U Joking? I don't think they look alike at all.

01-21-2008, 12:49 PM

01-21-2008, 12:51 PM
separated at birth

01-21-2008, 12:56 PM
The AO website is right this time.

01-21-2008, 12:58 PM
I think Ali is Jo's biological father.

01-21-2008, 12:59 PM
I can't tell the difference.

01-21-2008, 01:08 PM
Well in real life he doesn't resemble Ali at all.

01-21-2008, 01:10 PM
you need glasses :lol:

01-21-2008, 01:39 PM
I just don't think they look alike at all. Has anyone seen Tsonga in real life?

01-21-2008, 01:53 PM
So that's why I thought I had seen Tsonga somewhere Before .

01-21-2008, 03:32 PM
First time I saw him in Queens Club tournament last year, I immediately thought : he looks exactly like Ali looked 40 years ago.

01-21-2008, 03:37 PM
I don't think they look anywhere as close alike as you guys are making out. Ali was bigger and stronger and his face looks very different.

01-21-2008, 03:38 PM
I think they look very alike. It was the first thing that struck me when I first saw Tsonga a few years ago.

01-21-2008, 03:42 PM
I wouldn't exactly call Tsonga muscular... but yeah they do look similar.

01-21-2008, 03:59 PM
What do you think about this, do you think they really look alike or is it just because they are both large and muscular black guys?

They've never compared Monfils to Ali, so no.

I think there is a resemblance.

01-21-2008, 04:01 PM
Is it really that serious? & for the record they're not identical but i can sort of see a resembalance there for sure....someone post a pic of a younger Ali

01-21-2008, 04:08 PM
It's not just a question of facial features for me, Jo also has a "boxer's attitude":

01-21-2008, 05:09 PM
Where was the uproar when this comparison started last year? Yes, it was a year ago during Tsonga's match with Roddick that I first heard a commentator say 'he kind of looks like a young Ali' and it stuck. Tennis-X (remember that place?) gave him the nickname 'Baby Ali' and all kinds of places made similar comparisons.

This isn't about race. It's a valid comparison. :)

01-21-2008, 05:54 PM
That comparaison's been tossed around for the longest and yes, i do think they look alike...must be the head shape, hair line...

01-21-2008, 05:57 PM
I have met Muhammed Ali when he came on the Haj (pilgramage to Mecca) and going through our pictures, I notice an uncanny resemblence to Tsonga I saw on tv playing Gasquet. When the comparison first came out I didn't agree, but yesterday I was reminded by my sister so I had to dig up the pictures from more than 30 years ago to confirm. Yes, there is an uncanny resemblence.

01-21-2008, 05:58 PM
Jo is huge, probably most muscular atp player

01-21-2008, 10:31 PM
Definately a resemblance...Both are incredibly cute!!

01-22-2008, 06:18 AM
what the F*** is this honestly. The australian Open keeps comparing him to Muhammad Ali. Fk sake if he's Ali then im Michael Jordan IMO

01-22-2008, 07:05 AM
They definitely look alike.

01-22-2008, 09:28 AM
I think they look identical. My 3 older brothers think they look alike. My mother saw no resemblance whatsoever. :shrug:

01-22-2008, 10:37 AM
ali ali ali ali LOL

01-22-2008, 10:42 AM
Do people say Gael Monfills looks like Ali? Do they say Donald Young looks like Ali?

No, because neither of them do. Tsonga does. Simple as that.

(Speaking of Gael, i don't recall seeing him here, was he in the draw?)

01-22-2008, 10:46 AM
seems like he is playing really well

01-22-2008, 10:51 AM
tsonga is playing some unbelievable tennis. kid has everything.

01-22-2008, 10:53 AM
It's easy to see the resemblance, of course the face is almost identical but also he almost has the body of an heavyweight boxer. I don't see how you can deny it.

01-22-2008, 10:56 AM
damn he is wiping the floor with youtzny can't wait for him to destroy nadal

01-22-2008, 10:57 AM
Ali, boomaye! (phonetic spelling) There was a great documentary called "When We Were Kings." The people in Zaire used to chant that at Ali.
So, I've been chanting it during the match, even though I like Youznhy.:D

01-22-2008, 11:05 AM
Men, seems like Tsonga will be the Baghdatis/Gonzalez of Australian Open 2008. Now he just needs to reach the final and fall to Federer to complete the story (which I seriously hope not).
01-22-2008, 11:06 AM
you people are slow :lol:

it was established that he resembles cassius years ago :o

01-22-2008, 11:07 AM
No he plays so tactical federer wont know wot hit him, and generate so much speed on forehand and backhand

01-22-2008, 11:08 AM
R U Joking? I don't think they look alike at all.


open your eyes dude or go buy glasses

01-22-2008, 12:21 PM
The first time saw Tsonga play I instantly came to think of a young Muhammed Ali/Cassius Clay. FrogBurger you need to get your eyes checked.

Corey Feldman
01-23-2008, 12:46 AM
To me he looks like a teddy bear

a big one

Action Jackson
01-23-2008, 12:46 AM
Of course they look like and FrogBurger stop being so sensitive.

01-23-2008, 01:35 AM
yeah, he does look like Ali... :cool:

that was some match yesterday night with youhzny...

*Viva Chile*
01-23-2008, 01:47 AM
Not for nothing we called him "Baby Ali" here since the last year :lol: ;)

01-23-2008, 05:06 AM
Jo looks much more like Ali than Will Smith did. He is an uncanny young Ali lookalike.

01-23-2008, 06:06 AM
he does, and Will Smith doesn't.:p

01-23-2008, 12:38 PM
He reminds me of Muhammad Ali in his best days. And he looks like him, actually.

Btw I saw his younger brother on tv. He looks even bigger than Jo. :eek: He is a junior basketball player.

01-23-2008, 01:55 PM
There is a very strong resemblance.

01-23-2008, 02:24 PM

Btw I saw his younger brother on tv. He looks even bigger than Jo. :eek: He is a junior basketball player.

Pretty much a sportsmen family, his dad was one of the best handball player in Central Africa in the 70's (though it's not the heart of handball it's already not that bad).

Pigpen Stinks
01-23-2008, 04:19 PM
He's an ugly, ugly man. Look at me. I'm pretty.