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Truc
04-17-2008, 05:51 PM
I wanted to add something to the article of this morning and we'll need a "News" thread anyway.

http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/17042008/70/ms-monte-carlo-tsonga-forfait.html
After having said that he's not downcast because of his knee injury and has already been through worse things, he adds:
"J'espère que le fait d'être blessé va me remotiver pour les prochains tournois. Parce que ces derniers temps, je ne prenais pas vraiment de plaisir sur le court. Là, le circuit va me manquer."
I hope that this injury will remotivate me for the next tournaments. Because I was not really enjoying being on the court lately. That way, I will miss the tour.

It was quite obvious during the two American AMS, even before IW he kept talking in interviews about finding back his motivation, it was weird. And he was looking so nervous during his matches. Probably too much pressure. It's nice to see he's aware of it.

MacArthur
04-17-2008, 06:22 PM
Indeed

And I agree with you on the problem of pressure instead of motivation : he was really motivated by the DC tie and the match against Roddick (d'après Forget en tous cas). I think he said something like :"I can really make "a coup" if I win that match." He seems to be really anxious about his place and his rank on the tour.
And, because he is a perfectionist, he can be very frustrated during some match if he makes too much UEs, like against Benneteau. I think he needs to learn about the pressure and the expectations now that people count on him and that he has a reputation to sustain :cool: .

By the way, we need some more thread like Clay Season 2008 (if he comes back in time), pictures,... and such.

We, jojotards, are really busy people now that we have a board. :devil:

MacArthur
04-18-2008, 12:24 PM
Some news with this interview made yesterday :

Où en est votre blessure au ménisque droit ?
J'ai reçu une infiltration de cortisone. J'attends de voir comment mon genou réagit à ce traitement. Je ferai des tests la semaine prochaine. S'ils s'avèrent positifs, je reprendrai la compétition dès que possible.

Une opération est-elle à exclure ?
Non, ce n'est pas une hypothèse à écarter totalement. Même s'il n'en est pas encore question pour le moment.

Savez-vous si vous participerez à Roland-Garros ?
Je ne le sais pas pour le moment. J'espère y être mais cela ne dépend pas que de moi. Evidemment, je vais tout faire pour y être, en tout cas.

Est-ce une blessure avec laquelle on peut composer, quand on joue sous infiltration ?
Oui, on peut jouer sous infiltration. On essaye de gérer la douleur. Après, on ne sait jamais quelle intensité elle peut atteindre.

Cela dit, vous avez l'habitude des blessures, après vos problèmes de hernie...
Oui, j'ai souvent joué auparavant avec des douleurs au dos, même si ça va bien actuellement de ce côté-là. Mais, parfois, la douleur peut être terrible.

Au point d'abandonner un match ?
Ah non ! Pas question ! Au contraire, je me dis que même si je souffre, je dois me prouver à moi-même que je suis dur au mal. Je veux toujours aller au bout du match.


Brief translation :
They made some injection of cortisone for his knee. He will make some tests next week, and, if they are positives, he will be back on court.
However the possibility of an operation isn't totaly excluded, even if it's not in the air for the moment.
It's possible to play while being on injection and he doesn't exclude to do it. But the pain can be really hard.
When they asked if he would retire from a match because of the pain, he said : "No! Impossible! (...) I must prove myself that I am tough enough. I always want to finish a match, no matter what!"


What a fighter, Jo ! :worship:


Link toward the article :
http://www.myfreesport.fr/sports/tennis/0/tsonga-je-vais-tout-faire-pour-etre-roland-garros-44534.html

lilibel13
04-19-2008, 10:51 AM
ITW by tv mag:
http://tvmag.tvimg.partner-tvmag.net/ImCon/Arti/37023/tsonga.jpg

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga : « Yannick Noah a été un grand frère pour moi »
Le Mag • Le 18/04/2008 par Emmanuelle Litaud
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga : « Yannick Noah a été un grand frère pour moi »
Voir d'autres photos

En atteignant la finale de l'Open d'Australie, en janvier dernier, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga est devenu la nouvelle coqueluche du tennis français. Actuellement 13e mondial, le jeune homme de 23 ans entame sa saison sur terre battue cette semaine. Rencontre.

Pourquoi avoir accepté de prendre la pose comme Ali ?
C'était un clin d'œil ! Pour moi, Muhammad Ali, c'est à la fois un personnage, un charisme et une belle carrière. En plus, le tennis et la boxe se ressemblent : dans les deux sports, le combat avec l'autre joueur se passe plus dans la tête que sur le terrain.

D'où vous vient votre grand mental ?
De mon éducation et de mon passé. Malgré mes nombreuses blessures, je ne me suis jamais découragé. Dans les moments difficiles, je me souviens de mes galères, cela me permet de relativiser.

En 2005, lorsque vous étiez blessé, Yannick Noah est passé vous voir. Quel lien vous unit ?
Yannick était présent quand je n'allais pas bien et cela m'a énormément touché. Il a joué un rôle de grand frère. Je le considère un peu comme mon tuteur dans le tennis.

Que pensez-vous des événements racistes qui ont récemment eu lieu dans le football ?
Pour qualifier de telles attitudes, il n'y a pas besoin d'en dire des tonnes, c'est nul c'est tout ! Dans le tennis, il n'y a pas de racisme. Les joueurs voyagent beaucoup et côtoient des gens différents chaque semaine. Cela favorise l'ouverture d'esprit.

Vous avez récemment découvert le Congo, pays natal de votre papa, où vous avez rencontré votre grand-père...
J'avais envie d'y aller depuis longtemps et c'était évidemment très émouvant de voir mon grand-père. Sur place, j'ai découvert des odeurs et des couleurs qui me sont familières... Ce sont mes racines !

L'an dernier, vous n'aviez pas joué à Roland-Garros et la terre battue n'est pas votre surface de prédilection. Comment abordez-vous la saison ?
C'est un défi parce que personne ne m'attend sur terre battue. Tout le monde pense que je ne vais pas bien jouer... Cela touche mon orgueil et j'ai forcément envie de bien faire.

Participer aux JO, qu'est-ce que cela représente pour le sportif que vous êtes ?
Cela me tient vraiment à cœur. Je serai au village olympique avec d'autres sportifs, l'aventure sera humaine avant tout. Depuis tout petit, je suis les JO à la télé et j'ai des frissons quand les athlètes gagnent, alors, si je pouvais apporter ça...

FrenchY52
04-20-2008, 11:48 AM
ITW by tv mag:
http://tvmag.tvimg.partner-tvmag.net/ImCon/Arti/37023/tsonga.jpg

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga : « Yannick Noah a été un grand frère pour moi »
Le Mag • Le 18/04/2008 par Emmanuelle Litaud
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga : « Yannick Noah a été un grand frère pour moi »
Voir d'autres photos

En atteignant la finale de l'Open d'Australie, en janvier dernier, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga est devenu la nouvelle coqueluche du tennis français. Actuellement 13e mondial, le jeune homme de 23 ans entame sa saison sur terre battue cette semaine. Rencontre.

Pourquoi avoir accepté de prendre la pose comme Ali ?
C'était un clin d'œil ! Pour moi, Muhammad Ali, c'est à la fois un personnage, un charisme et une belle carrière. En plus, le tennis et la boxe se ressemblent : dans les deux sports, le combat avec l'autre joueur se passe plus dans la tête que sur le terrain.

D'où vous vient votre grand mental ?
De mon éducation et de mon passé. Malgré mes nombreuses blessures, je ne me suis jamais découragé. Dans les moments difficiles, je me souviens de mes galères, cela me permet de relativiser.

En 2005, lorsque vous étiez blessé, Yannick Noah est passé vous voir. Quel lien vous unit ?
Yannick était présent quand je n'allais pas bien et cela m'a énormément touché. Il a joué un rôle de grand frère. Je le considère un peu comme mon tuteur dans le tennis.

Que pensez-vous des événements racistes qui ont récemment eu lieu dans le football ?
Pour qualifier de telles attitudes, il n'y a pas besoin d'en dire des tonnes, c'est nul c'est tout ! Dans le tennis, il n'y a pas de racisme. Les joueurs voyagent beaucoup et côtoient des gens différents chaque semaine. Cela favorise l'ouverture d'esprit.

Vous avez récemment découvert le Congo, pays natal de votre papa, où vous avez rencontré votre grand-père...
J'avais envie d'y aller depuis longtemps et c'était évidemment très émouvant de voir mon grand-père. Sur place, j'ai découvert des odeurs et des couleurs qui me sont familières... Ce sont mes racines !

L'an dernier, vous n'aviez pas joué à Roland-Garros et la terre battue n'est pas votre surface de prédilection. Comment abordez-vous la saison ?
C'est un défi parce que personne ne m'attend sur terre battue. Tout le monde pense que je ne vais pas bien jouer... Cela touche mon orgueil et j'ai forcément envie de bien faire.

Participer aux JO, qu'est-ce que cela représente pour le sportif que vous êtes ?
Cela me tient vraiment à cœur. Je serai au village olympique avec d'autres sportifs, l'aventure sera humaine avant tout. Depuis tout petit, je suis les JO à la télé et j'ai des frissons quand les athlètes gagnent, alors, si je pouvais apporter ça...

Hey lilibel :wavey:

I scanned it if someone wants it :
http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/8199/tsongaalitvmagdg9.th.jpg (http://img228.imageshack.us/my.php?image=tsongaalitvmagdg9.jpg)

lilibel13
04-20-2008, 07:04 PM
hey fenchy toi ici :wavey: cool ;)
tout scan de jo est le bienvenu ds ce new thread so ;=D

Ben merci bcp pr le scan c hyper simpo ^^ :D

Truc
04-23-2008, 07:30 AM
Some news in L'Equipe today: "Tsonga gives it a try"Tsonga tente le coup
Le Français, blessé au ménisque droit, a repris le travail hier. S’il n’a plus mal, il échappera à l’opération.
L’ESPOIR EXISTE. Alors que tout portait à croire que Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, touché au ménisque intérieur droit à l’avant-veille du quart de finale de Coupe Davis, filait droit sur le billard, l’hypothèse d’une guérison non chirurgicale est aujourd’hui crédible. Si les examens ont confirmé la présence d’une fissure, il existe une possibilité de sortie de crise moins brutale. « Le problème fondamental, c’est la douleur, expliquait hier son entraîneur, Éric Winogradsky, depuis Monaco où le rejoindra demain “Jo”. C’est elle et elle seule qui commandera la marche à suivre. Pour le moment, elle est suffisamment supportable pour que l’opération soit mise entre parenthèses. On peut s’y prendre autrement mais pas à n’importe quel prix. S’il a mal, l’hypothèse de l’intervention chirurgicale redeviendra d’actualité. Il faudra voir au jour le jour comment Jo réagit. Mais on ne saura jamais vraiment tant qu’il n’aura pas joué son premier match. Pour le moment, il y a tout un protocole très séquencé à respecter. » Tsonga a recommencé le travail hier à Roland-Garros en douceur (gainage du haut du corps). Il pourrait taper à nouveau la balle lundi. Avec des si, on en viendrait à se demander s’il ne pourrait pas revenir sur le circuit à Hambourg, voire à Rome dans deux semaines. « C’est une éventualité mais il faut rester prudent, tempère Wino. C’est trop tôt pour savoir. Ce qui est certain, c’est que Jo a retrouvé le moral depuis qu’il sait que l’opération n’est pas une obligation. » He resumed the physical training yesterday in Roland-Garros and should start hitting again on Monday. If he doesn’t feel any pain, he won’t need surgery.
Wino (who is in Monte-Carlo waiting for Jo) explains the criterion will be the pain. So far, it’s tolerable so they can consider avoiding surgery. There are other solutions, but not at all costs. If he’s in pain, they will reconsider the surgery option. They’ll see on a day-by-day basis how he feels. But they won’t really know before he plays his first match. They have a very specific protocole to follow at the moment.
They haven't given up on Rome and Hamburg yet, but remain careful. It’s too early to say anything. One thing is sure, Jo has been in better spirits since he knows that the surgery isn’t inevitable.

martine2
04-23-2008, 11:18 AM
Well, at least this positive news :)

Good to know they won't take unnecessary risks. I'd rather miss him for a couple of tournaments then see the damage aggravated by a too early return to the courts.

MacArthur
04-23-2008, 12:57 PM
The way it sounds, I think it's safe to say that the tests were really positives for him to come back to the training this early. :D

So the come back seems to be program for Rome, Hamburg at worst. Two tourneys before Roland are enough for him to be able to make some damage I think :devil:

2moretogo
04-23-2008, 06:04 PM
Yeah, but what are the chances of it getting worse?

MacArthur
04-23-2008, 08:50 PM
It's hard to say, but I reckon that the doctors of the FFT and Wino wouldn't let him go back on the court if they thought that he could aggravate his injury.

Although the commentators on sport+ said that he will give tomorow a press conference and will probably clarify the situation.

Truc
04-25-2008, 07:30 AM
He was in Monte-Carlo yesterday to receive the 2007 ATP newcomer award on the Center Court (I didn’t see that, there must be pics of it?), but there are just 2 lines in L'Equipe today. He says it’ll probably be too close for Rome, but he's confident for the French Open (« Je crois que ce sera trop juste pour revenir à Rome. En revanche, je ne me vois pas rater Roland-Garros »).

Turquoise
04-25-2008, 08:36 AM
Encouraging news so far. Hope he won't have to resort to surgery at all. I'm so excited at the prospect of seeing play at Roland Garros - I'm interested to see what his movement is like on clay. He's a rare breed of French player who can feed off positively from the home crowd. What an electrifying atmosphere he can generate with his flamboyance, his energy and shotmaking skills!

However, prudence is the key. He and his team know that they can't take risks with his health prematurely - I'm sure they will do the right thing. Even if he misses the whole clay season (fingers crossed it won't happen), the important thing is that he saves himself for another day and many years to come.

martine2
04-25-2008, 10:54 AM
Fingers crossed here that he won't need surgery :)

SelvenluvJo
04-27-2008, 01:10 PM
He was in Monte-Carlo yesterday to receive the 2007 ATP newcomer award on the Center Court (I didn’t see that, there must be pics of it?), but there are just 2 lines in L'Equipe today. He says it’ll probably be too close for Rome, but he's confident for the French Open (« Je crois que ce sera trop juste pour revenir à Rome. En revanche, je ne me vois pas rater Roland-Garros »).

http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/uploadFiles/2008-04/24_7732224_1.jpg
This photo was cut from Bet365 .:angel:

Truc
04-27-2008, 01:16 PM
Thanks, I just saw they now have a video about it on the ATP website too:
http://www.atptennis.com/en/multimedia/default_video.asp
"Monte-Carlo 2008 - ATP Awards"

lilibel13
04-28-2008, 07:37 PM
Merci truc t'es trop simpo^^:wavey:

Truc
04-29-2008, 07:20 AM
Jo-Wilfried TSONGA. – Stoppé depuis trois semaines par une lésion au ménisque interne du genou droit, il se contente de pratiquer de la musculation du haut du corps et doit effectuer un test sur le court vendredi pour décider d’aller ou non à Rome la semaine prochaine. He still hasn’t started practicing according to L’Equipe. He’s just doing some upper body work-out at the moment and will make a test on Friday to decide if he can play in Rome or not – it isn't looking good for next week...

martine2
04-29-2008, 12:55 PM
I hope he doesn't take the risk and skips Rome. Some more rest certainly won't do any harm.

lilibel13
04-29-2008, 03:22 PM
Thanks:wavey:

Here another article from sport 4
En marge d’une opération de son équipementier, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a accepté de faire un point sur son état physique à l’approche de Roland Garros, où il a à cœur de briller.
par Cédric Callier, le 29-04-2008

Sport24.com : Jo-Wilfried, question hélas de circonstance, physiquement, comment vous sentez-vous ?
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga : Je me sens plutôt bien. J’ai bien récupéré de mon petit problème au genou. Maintenant, je croise les doigts pour que cela continue ainsi, qu’il n’y ait pas de petite rechute ou d’autres problèmes. Et si tout va bien, je pense que je pourrais très vite aborder ma préparation pour Roland Garros.

Sport24.com : Dans l’idéal, quelle sera votre préparation justement ?
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga : J’espère jouer le plus de tournois possible avant Roland Garros car ces dernières années, je n’ai pas beaucoup joué sur terre battue. Quoiqu’il arrive, je vais avoir besoin de repères et de matches afin d’avoir de bonnes sensations et d’emmagasiner de la confiance. Mais je n’ai pas établi de programme précis car je ne sais pas encore quand je serai en mesure de rejouer.

Sport24.com : Pour l’instant, vous n’envisagez pas du tout un forfait à Roland Garros…
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga : Non, pas du tout. Loin de moi cette idée (sourire).

Sport24.com : Pourtant, certains anciens joueurs français vous conseilleraient de le faire car entre votre manque de préparation et l’attente que vous allez susciter après l’Open d’Australie, ils estiment que vous risquez d’aller droit dans le mur…
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga : Je ne partage pas cette opinion. Justement, s’il y a une attente autour de ma présence à Roland, je me dois de l’honorer il me semble et donner tout ce que j’ai. C’est la meilleure façon de combler cette attente et d’une certaine manière, de progresser. Après, c’est sûr que je ne serais pas le mieux préparé du monde en vue de cette échéance mais aujourd’hui, je n’estime pas que ce soit une raison suffisante pour décevoir les fans et renoncer.

Sport24.com : Que représente pour vous exactement le fait de jouer à Roland Garros ?
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga : Beaucoup de choses (grand sourire). Roland Garros est tout simplement le tournoi le plus prestigieux du monde. Il y règne une ambiance particulière pour nous en tant que Français, et encore plus pour moi puisque j’ai même vécu dans Roland Garros (sourire). J’ai été à l’internat là-bas et cela fait partie de mon passé, de mon parcours et j’espère de mon futur. Donc, j’ai forcément à cœur d’y briller, si possible dès cette année.

Sport24.com : Un mot sur la Coupe Davis et la polémique née autour de Richard Gasquet. Vous avez vécu cela de l’extérieur en raison de votre blessure. Quel est votre sentiment à ce sujet ?
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga : Cela ne m’a pas du tout fâché. C’est dommage que cela ait débordé un peu dans la presse. Cela aurait dû faire partie des choses qui restent entre nous. Je crois que plus on arrivera à conserver cet esprit d’équipe et mieux ce sera.

MacArthur
04-29-2008, 05:35 PM
Thanks Truc and Lilibel :worship:

So nothing really new : his come back is planned for Hamburg at best, Rome in case of miracle.

But I'm quite pissed because I won't have access to internet the week of Hamburg. Well, "c'est la vie". As long as he is there, I can't compain. :)

lilibel13
04-29-2008, 09:10 PM
Thanks Truc and Lilibel :worship:

So nothing really new : his come back is planned for Hamburg at best, Rome in case of miracle.

But I'm quite pissed because I won't have access to internet the week of Hamburg. Well, "c'est la vie". As long as he is there, I can't compain. :)

Oh mon pauvre je compatit , mais come tu le dis si bien c'est pas la mort!

SelvenluvJo
04-30-2008, 03:37 PM
http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/uploadFiles/2008-04/30_7772382_1.jpg

Jo watches Mathieu‘s match in Munich .:angel:

Truc
05-02-2008, 07:35 AM
Good news in L'Equipe today!
Tsonga : « Je jouerai à Rome »
DE PASSAGE MERCREDI À MUNICH pour faire constater officiellement son forfait, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a annoncé que son retour sur le circuit ne sera pas aussi lointain qu’on l’imaginait. « Je jouerai à Rome, a-t-il confié. Dans ma tête, c’est à cent pour cent sûr. Je pars là-bas samedi, tout est calé. » Blessé au genou droit – une lésion au ménisque avait été découverte mi-avril, à quelques heures du quart de finale de Coupe Davis contre les Américains –, il n’a plus joué depuis sa défaite contre Julien Benneteau, le 31 mars à Miami. « D’habitude, j’aime arriver sur un tournoi en étant parfaitement préparé. Là, ce sera un peu juste puisque je n’aurai repris la raquette que depuis quelques jours. Mais tant pis si je perds tôt à Rome. Je m’entraînerai ensuite et je jouerai après à Hambourg, Casablanca et Roland- Garros. C’est de matches que j’ai besoin. » "I'll play in Rome. It's sure at 100% in my mind. I'll go there on Saturday, everything is ready."
"I usually like being perfectly prepared to play a tournament. This time, it will be a bit short because I started hitting again a few days ago only. But it doesn't matter if I lose early in Rome. I'll keep practicing then and I'll play Hamburg, Casablanca and RG. I need matches."

amdany
05-02-2008, 08:08 AM
good news:bounce:

martine2
05-02-2008, 02:06 PM
Good!! :D

SelvenluvJo
05-02-2008, 03:15 PM
OMG , Does he feel very well enough !?

MacArthur
05-02-2008, 06:10 PM
THAT's some freaking good news :devil: :bounce::bounce::bounce:


@ Selvenluvjo : I just can't believe that Wino or the doctors of the FFT would let him play if there was a strong chance for him of aggravating his injury. That means that the treatment must have gone very well. At least I hope. He seems quite reckless at times :o

lilibel13
05-02-2008, 10:37 PM
Merci selvenluvjo pour the pics and miss truc for her usual and apreciate article:D

Well i think like selven i m little bit afrais too...:rolleyes:

SelvenluvJo
05-03-2008, 06:43 AM
To lilibel13 & MacArthur :I hope everything will be OK . :angel:

martine2
05-03-2008, 08:45 AM
Knee injuries are delicate, so I hope he'll be ok. But I guess (hope) they know what they're doing :)

SelvenluvJo
05-03-2008, 06:20 PM
Anyway , The draw is not bad . Good luck Jo , Try your best

Truc
05-04-2008, 07:28 AM
Great interview with Jo in L’Equipe today!
« C’était pas une vie ! »
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA s’était perdu dans l’agitation post-Melbourne. Mais il a ravivé la flamme. Et revient gonflé d’énergie à Rome.

Tiens, il a retiré ses boucles d’oreille. « Non, non, y a pas de fille là-dessous. C’est juste que je grandis. » Venu mercredi « faire son boulot » à Munich, contrepartie de son forfait pour le tournoi, lui-même conséquence d’une lésion du ménisque droit diagnostiquée mi-avril, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a pris ensuite le temps de se poser. Avant de reprendre le fil la semaine prochaine à Rome, contre Gilles Simon, il a fait le tour de pas mal de questions : la blessure, la « Tsongamania », la terre battue, les textos à Richard Gasquet...

« VOUS AVEZ SOUVENT été blessé par le passé. Comment avez-vous vécu cette période qui se termine mais qui a dû vous en rappeler d’autres (il n’a plus joué depuis sa défaite contre Benneteau le 31 mars, à Miami) ?
– Ben, à vrai dire, je l’ai plutôt bien vécue. J’ai pu couper avec le tennis et ça ne m’a pas fait de mal. Ça m’a permis de me redonner envie de jouer.
– Vous aviez perdu le désir ? Est-ce que trop de tennis tue le tennis ?
– Exactement. Il y en a trop eu et je m’étais lassé. Là, les crocs se remettent à bien pousser et je commence à ne plus en pouvoir de ne pas être sur le terrain. Forcément, tout ce qui m’est arrivé autour du tennis m’a aussi bouffé du jus mais c’est le tennis lui-même qui m’a saoulé à un moment.
– À Miami, une phrase nous avait alerté. Vous aviez dit :“Si c’est ça la carrière et que ça doit durer encore dix ans à ce rythme, waouh !”
– Je commençais à me rendre compte que ce rythme me fatiguait. Il faut aussi bien comprendre que ce que j’avais vécu depuis ma finale à Melbourne, c’était inhumain.
– À ce point-là ?
– Je n’avais pas de temps pour moi. Rien. Pendant les tournois, l’ATP utilisait à fond les quatre ou cinq heures qu’on leur doit par semaine. Je donnais des interviews, après j’allais m’entraîner, après je faisais ma récup, après j’avais encore des autographes à signer, après je passais chez les sponsors... C’était pas une vie !
– Plus de trois mois se sont écoulés depuis votre finale à Melbourne. On peut maintenant avoir du recul sur ce qui vous est arrivé. Que retenez-vous en premier ?
– Que c’est quelque chose de fort de recevoir tout cet amour. Dans la rue, au Congo, partout. Mais c’est un enfer en même temps. Quand tout ça vous tombe dessus du jour au lendemain, c’est super déstabilisant.
– Avez-vous eu peur d’y laisser votre tennis ?
– Si ça avait continué comme ça, c’est sûr que j’allais me perdre. Je ne savais plus si je jouais bien, pas bien, si je m’entraînais bien, pas bien. Donc, il fallait arrêter la machine. Ce que j’ai fait.
– Pensez-vous que la blessure est quelque part venue pour dire stop ?
– Complètement. Je sentais bien que j’étais crevé en arrivant à Miami. J’ai dit à Éric (Winogradsky, son coach) : “Écoute, là, je n’ai plus envie de jouer.” Ça m’était déjà arrivé dans le passé mais à ce point-là, jamais. Bilan : j’ai fait des matches de m…parce que l’énergie positive que j’ai besoin de mettre dans mon jeu n’existait plus. J’étais super négatif, je râlais, j’étais crispé. J’aurais dû ne pas jouer là-bas mais ce n’est pas si facile quand tout le monde veut que vous jouiez. Voilà, maintenant, j’ai appris à dire non. Quitte à être incompris, quitte à décevoir. L’important pour moi, c’est quand même moi !
– Aujourd’hui, vous sentez-vous de nouveau vous ?
– Oui et ça fait un bien fou. Rien que les soirées tranquilles à la maison, c’est tout con mais ça m’avait manqué à un point... Pouvoir se dire : “Qu’est-ce que je fais ce soir ? Oh ben rien, je vais rester peinard sur le canapé à regarder la télé.” J’ai pu aussi retourner au Mans, je suis même allé à la pêche à la truite. Bon, je n’ai rien attrapé mais j’y étais. Et là-bas, ce ne sont pas les trois vaches aux alentours qui me demandent des autographes.
– Aviez-vous l’impression d’avoir changé ?
– Oui mais pas comme si j’avais chopé la grosse tête. C’est juste qu’en voulant me protéger, je me suis fermé aux gens. Je devenais plus distant. Et je n’aimais pas ça.
– La rançon de la gloire, c’est aussi de voir la presse gratter dans la vie privée. Récemment, un journal a parlé d’une amourette avec un mannequin belge...
– Ils peuvent aller gratter, ils n’auront rien. Ce journaliste belge a fait le mariole avec cette histoire. Cette fille, je ne l’ai jamais vue en vrai de ma vie. C’était bidon.
– Il y a aussi eu la polémique avec les Petits As...
– Cette affaire (*) m’a énormément vexé. Ils ont touché à des choses qui metiennent trop à coeur : les enfants, la parole donnée... J’ai laissé tomber les poursuites mais ce qui est sûr, c’est que jamais je n’irai là-bas tant que ce monsieur sera en poste.
– Venons-en à votre blessure au genou. Quand le mot opération a été prononcé, ça a dû vous faire froid dans le dos.
– Ah ça oui ! Je vais jouer à Rome mais l’éventualité d’une opération existe toujours. Il faudra voir comment mon genou réagira après le premier match, après le deuxième.. . C’est comme pour mon dos : si un jour ça ne fonctionne plus, je sais que je peux me faire opérer.
– Certains pensent que cette blessure n’est pas tombée au plus mauvais moment , convaincus que ce n’est pas sur terre battue que vous allez briller.
– Ouais, ouais, j’entends, j’entends. Je ne sais pas comment les gens peuvent penser cela vu que je n’ai plus joué sur terre depuis un moment. Mais bon, je le prends comme un super défi et je pense que je peux en étonner plus d’un. Moi-même j’ai envie de savoir comment je vais m’y prendre, si je vais devoir monter vachement à la volée... Ce que disent les gens, ça ne m’énerve pas, ça ne me fait pas rire non plus. Mais ça me motive. J’ai toujours marché comme ça. Souvent, ma motivation ne vient pas de moi mais de cette envie de contredire les autres. Même avec un peu de mauvaise foi, s’il le faut. On est tous un peu comme ça, non ?
– Mais pensez-vous pouvoir être bon sur terre battue ?
– Il n’y a pas de raison. Je suis aussi endurant que plein de bons mecs, je suis plus puissant que la moyenne, je peux frapper la balle au-dessus de l’épaule et j’aurai, sur terre, plus de temps pour venir au filet.
– Comment avez-vous vécu l’embrouille autour de Richard Gasquet en Coupe Davis ?
– Je trouve qu’on est allé trop loin avec Richard. Bon, d’accord, il aurait pu être plus discret avec son portable ou plus enthousiaste sur le banc, mais je crois que la situation ne lui allait pas et qu’il y a eu des soucis de communication dans l’équipe. Je n’ai toujours pas compris pourquoi il a joué ce cinquième match... Alors ça, aucune idée.
– Il avait demandé à ne pas disputer le quatrième match contre Roddick...
– Ben voilà, ça veut dire qu’il n’était pas dans la configuration pour jouer. De ce que je sais, il y a une personne qui décide dans l’histoire et ce n’est pas Richard.
– Au fait, ce n’était pas vous, au moins, l’expéditeur de textos pendant les rencontres ?
– Mais oui, c’était moi ! Je lui écrivais des trucs du genre : “Je sens que Paulo (Mathieu) va le faire ! Il va gagner !” Le lendemain, quand j’ai lu toute cette histoire sur les textos, j’ai dit : “Merde, c’est ma faute ! Oh ! la la !” (Il fait mine de se cacher sous la table.) »
FRÉDÉRIC BERNÈS
I can try to "translate" it, but I don’t know how to translate "C'était pas une vie"... "It was a rotten life!" maybe?

The little intro says the earrings are gone. "No no, nothing to do with a girl, I'm growing up, that's all". It's an interview he gave in Munich when he came on Wednesday to "do his job" (= when they pull out due to injury, they have to show up to see the doc and do some promo stuff). He took some time to talk about different things: his injury, the Tsongamania, the clay and the SMS he sent to Gasquet during the DC...

Truc
05-04-2008, 08:11 AM
Here is the first part, it's very long, I need a break - of course, feel free to translate the rest if you're bored :p (it's not an exact translation, as usual, don't take it too literally!):

You've been injured a lot in the past. How did you go through this new injury break which must have reminded you of other ones?
- Actually, quite well. I was able to take some time off from tennis and it wasn't a bad thing. It gave me back the desire to play.

Had you lost the desire? Does too much tennis kill tennis?
- Exactly. It was getting too much and I was growing tired of it. Now I'm 'starving' again and I can't wait to be back on the court. All the buzz around me off the court wore me out, of course, but tennis itself also was tiring me out at a time.

One thing you said in Miami sounded like a warning sign: 'If that's what a tennis career means and it's going to last ten more years like that, wow!'
- I was starting to realize that all this was wearing me out. You have to understand what I was going through since the final in Melbourne too, it was inhuman.

Was it that bad?
- I had no time for myself anymore. Nothing. During the tournaments, the ATP was trying to make the most out of the 4-5 hours we owe to them every week. I was giving interviews, afterwards I went practicing, then the recuperation phase, then again signing sessions, then I had to visit the sponsors... It was a rotten life!

More than three months have passed since the AO final. We can now judge better what happened to you with the benefit of hindsight. What have you learned from it?
- That it's a strong feeling to get all this love. On the street, in Congo, everywhere. But it's hell at the same time. It's extremely destabilizing when it happens to one over night.

Were you afraid to get out of your game?
- If things had gone on that way, I would have gotten lost for sure. I didn't know anymore if I was playing well or not, if I was training well or not. So I needed to stop. That's what I did.

Do you think the injury occured to say 'Stop!' somehow?
- Absolutely. I knew I was exhausted when I arrived in Miami. I told Eric: 'Listen, I don't feel like playing anymore.' It had already happened to me in the past, but never so badly. And what happened? I played shitty matches because the positive energy I need for my game wasn't there anymore. I was totally negative, I was moaning, I was tight. I shouldn't have played there, but that's not easy when everybody wants you to play. So I've learned to say 'No'. Even if people don't understand, even if people are disappointed. The most important thing for me is myself!

Are you feeling yourself again now?
- Yes, and it feels so good. Just the fact to have some peace and quiet at home. It might sound silly, but I was missing it so much... To be able to say: 'What am I going to do tonight? Oh, nothing, I'll just stay at home and watch TV.' I went back to Le Mans, I even went fishing. I didn't catch anything, but I was there. And the 3 cows around don't ask for autographs at least.

MacArthur
05-04-2008, 09:39 AM
I've just read it this morning and it's indeed a wonderful interview. :cool:

It explains well all his little words about his lack of motivation for tennis that were bothering us during miami and indian wells. It's obvious that that kind of success can be really hard to take on. He probably misjudged the absolute time he needed to mentally recover from his run at Melbourne.

I'm more worried about the knee injury. He talks quite lightly about it. Maybe he is used to live constantly with a threat of an operation with all the problem he had with his back.
Well, that's probably the best way to deal with it but I sure hope he can stay injury-free the longest possible time during his carreer. It would be a nigtmare if he becomes the Mary Pierce of the male french tennis :o .

And thanks for your effort of translation, Truc :wavey: . (Even if I can enjoy " la langue de molière" by Myself :devil: )

*julie*
05-04-2008, 12:57 PM
Here is the second part. I felt free to translate the rest not because I was bored but because I like doing translations. ;) Obviously, it's not an exact translation, as usual, so... don't take it too literally! :)

Do you feel like you have changed ?
Yes but not like if am big-headed now. It’s just that I was eager to protect myself and I shut down/ cut off from the people. I was getting aloof and I didn’t like that.

The price of fame is also to see the media getting into your private life. Recently, a newspaper talked about a snakewood with a Belgian model..
They can try to get in, they won’t find anything. This Belgian journalist acted like a fool with this story. This girl, I have never seen her in my life. That was phony.

There also have been a polemic with Les Petits As…
This story really disappointed me. They hit things close to my heart: the children, fulfilling promises.. I gave up the legal proceedings but what is a sure thing, I will never go there as long as this man will work there.

Lets talk about the knee injury. When you were told about an operation, it might have sent shivers down your spine.
Oh yes! I am going to play Rome but the possibility of an operation still exists. I will have to see how my knee reacts after my first match, after my second… It’s like for my back: if one day, it doesn’t work anymore, I know I can be operated.

Some people think this injury didn’t appear at the worst period; they are convinced you won’t succeed on clay cos it doesn’t suit your game.
Yes, yes. I ‘ve heard it. I don’t know how people can think this as I haven’t played on clay for a while. But well, I take it like a challenge and I think I can surprise more than one people. Even for myself, I do want to know how I will handle it, if I am going to go to the net… What people say doesn’t piss me off, it doesn’t make me laugh either. It motivates me. I’ve always worked like this. Often, my motivation doesn’t come from myself but from my eagerness to contradict people. Even with a bit of bad faith, if it’s needed. We are all a bit like this, aren’t we?

But do you think you can be good on clay?
There are no reasons for me not to. I am as tough as many good players, I have more power than the average I can hit the ball up the shoulder and on clay, I will have more time to go to the net.

What do you think about the polemic around Richard Gasquet in Davis Cup ?
I think people have gone too far with Richard. Well, I agree he should have been more discreet with his mobile and more enthousiastic on the bench but I think the situation didn’t suit him and there have been problems of communication in the team. I still haven’t understand why he did play the fifth match.. I really have no idea.

He asked not to play the 4th match against Roddick..
So then, it means he was not disposed to play. From what I know, there is someone who decides in the story and it’s not Richard.

By the way, at least it was not you the one sending text messages to Richard during the matches?
But yes, it was. I was writing things like “I feel Paulo’s gonna do it! He’s gonna win!” The day after, when I read all this story about the text messages, I was like “Damn it, It’s my fault! Oh! La! La!” (pretending he was hiding himself under the table)


I know Fran, you are a bit mad at Gasquet because of his behaviour during the CD.. :o but I am glad to see Jo (and Gael and Fabrice earlier) defending Richard in this (far too exagerated) polemic. :angel:

SelvenluvJo
05-04-2008, 03:42 PM
Thanks for your translation . (understand Franch is so happiness)I care about this sentence , " I am going to play Rome but the possibility of an operation still exists" It means they don't make sure the operation is impossble . I'm so worried about this .

Truc
05-23-2008, 06:58 AM
Pas si bon gars
(http://www.liberation.fr/actualite/sports/327717.FR.php)An article about Jo in Libé today and how he has a hard time to deal with all the media requests. Libé is sick of the Tsongamania, so it's a bit negative, but it's interesting because it's different from the usual stuff. The title is a pun upon his name, I don't know how to translate it, but it means something like "not that easy-going", "not that good-natured".

Truc
05-23-2008, 07:59 PM
There also is a portrait of Jo in the last issue of Sport (but it's not interesting - there is a portrait + Noah talks a little bit about Jo and Richard in an article about the media at the end):
http://www.myfreesport.fr/magazine/ (the one with Noah on the cover)

Truc
05-25-2008, 08:49 AM
An article about Jo in Deuce:
http://www.atptennis.com/5/en/deuce/may2008/tsonga.asp

SelvenluvJo
05-25-2008, 06:34 PM
An article about Jo in Deuce:
http://www.atptennis.com/5/en/deuce/may2008/tsonga.asp

The pics look great . thanks Truc:worship:

lilibel13
05-25-2008, 07:26 PM
There also is a portrait of Jo in the last issue of Sport (but it's not interesting - there is a portrait + Noah talks a little bit about Jo and Richard in an article about the media at the end):
http://www.myfreesport.fr/magazine/ (the one with Noah on the cover)

THanks truc now i know that he is sponsor of kinder and he will make a spot tv, i will enjoy to see it!!!:p

Truc
06-23-2008, 07:20 PM
The French nominations for Beijing, he's still officially on the team as expected:
Simple hommes :
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Paul-Henri Mathieu
Gilles Simon
Gaël Monfils

Double hommes :
Michaël Llodra - Arnaud Clément
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - Gaël Monfils
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2008/20080623_183446_pierce-aux-jo-pas-mauresmo_Dev.html

Alex.
06-23-2008, 08:12 PM
Congrats Jo :D Hopefully he'll be fine to go by then, he wants to play so badly. :awww:

Jo-Gael will be a fun doubles team. :lol:

SelvenluvJo
06-25-2008, 09:34 AM
The French nominations for Beijing, he's still officially on the team as expected:
Simple hommes :
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Paul-Henri Mathieu
Gilles Simon
Gaël Monfils

Double hommes :
Michaël Llodra - Arnaud Clément
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - Gaël Monfils
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2008/20080623_183446_pierce-aux-jo-pas-mauresmo_Dev.html

I wish he could catch up with the Olympic bus
:worship: I can't wait to see him in Beijing.

Truc
08-22-2008, 07:58 AM
In l’Equipe today, but I have no time to translate or make a summary today, sorry (quelqu'un d'autre?):
Jo a les crocs
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga prépare sa rentrée à New York après trois mois d’absence. Le finaliste de l’Open d’Australie a faim et il le dit.

Opéré du ménisque le 27 mai dernier, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga sort d’une nouvelle période de convalescence. Initialement prévue à New Haven cette semaine, sa reprise a été reportée à l’US Open qu’il attaquera face à l’Espagnol Santiago Ventura (112e mondial). Même s’il sera sans doute encore un peu juste pour renouveler son aventure de Melbourne, le Français, à pied d’oeuvre à New York depuis dimanche dernier, n’a pas ménagé ses efforts pour revenir à son meilleur niveau.

SUR LES DEUX courts de tennis du village de La Flotte-en-Ré, encastrés entre un jardin public, un club de pétanque et quelques terrains clos de murs, les journées se passent paisiblement. Jeunes en stage, joueurs du dimanche qui font un peu d’exercice, les activités ne sont pas de nature à déplacer la foule des vacanciers qui se presse sur le port situé à deux cents mètres de là. Et pourtant, si les estivants amateurs de tennis avaient su que Jo-Wilfried Tsonga avait choisi ce cadre tout simple pour taper ses premières balles de reprise, début août, il y aurait eu foule autour des grillages. « J’ai joué là durant quatre jours, assez tôt le matin, et c’était plutôt calme, racontait hier Tsonga installé dans un large fauteuil de son hôtel new-yorkais. Au bout de trois jours, ça a commencé à se savoir et il y avait tout de même un peu de monde pour assister à mes entraînements, mais c’était cool. » L’insolite présence dans l’île de Ré du finaliste de l’Open d’Australie s’expliquait par le fait qu’il finissait de faire traiter son genou, opéré le 27 mai dernier, par un kiné résidant l’été dans l’île, sur la recommandation de Michel Franco qui s’occupe, lui, d’Amélie Mauresmo. Aujourd’hui, le ménisque n’est plus une cause de souci pour Tsonga qui en termine avec sa énième blessure sérieuse, alors qu’il n’est âgé que de vingt-trois ans. Rompu à ces mises à pied forcées, le finaliste de l’Open d’Australie a pris son mal en patience. « Quand on est blessé à répétition comme moi, on finit par devenir fataliste. On se blinde et même si c’est la galère, on se lève le matin pour aller faire trois heures de rééducation en répétant cent fois le même mouvement destiné à renforcer le genou, et l’après-midi, on attaque le truc que personne n’a envie de faire : pédaler sur un vélo immobile. Ces séances sympathiques ont commencé cinq jours après mon opération, jusqu’à fin juillet. Heureusement, j’ai la chance d’avoir un super entourage pour me soutenir et me guider dans ces moments-là. »
Winogradsky : « Un grand coup sur la tête »
Il n’empêche que même s’il acceptait sereinement de se plier à une discipline stricte, Tsonga souffrit d’un énorme coup de blues lorsqu’il se rendit compte qu’il ne pourrait pas participer aux Jeux de Pékin. « On a poussé un peu plus les efforts sur le genou et il s’est mis à gonfler, expliquait Winogradsky. Comme il était entendu qu’à la moindre alerte il n’était pas question de forcer, il a fallu renoncer à Pékin. Là, Jo en a pris un grand coup sur la tête. » L’intéressé opine : « J’étais défait, tellement écoeuré que j’ai tout arrêté pendant dix jours (avec l’accord de l’entraîneur), je n’ai vu personne. Ensuite, lorsque j’ai regardé la cérémonie d’ouverture à la télé, j’étais là, la bouche ouverte, avec des frissons partout. J’étais envieux des copains que j’apercevais sur l’écran. » Maintenant qu’il se trouve à New York, en pleine préparation pour réussir son retour à l’US Open, Tsonga a oublié ce triste épisode. Il a faim de matches, de victoires, et assure qu’il ne vient pas à Flushing Meadows pour faire de la figuration.
Avantage fraîcheur
« Faire son retour sur un tournoi du Grand Chelem après plus de trois mois d’absence, ce n’est pas évident, tempérait Winogradsky. Mais il fait ce qui faut, Jo, il y croit. Quoi qu’il arrive, la préparation qu’il effectue en ce moment sera utile pour les tournois d’automne et j’espère bien qu’il sera capable de faire claquer quelques bons résultats d’ici la fin de la saison. » Le plus difficile pour Tsonga, ce sera le premier match. « Je sais ce que c’est que de revenir après avoir été blessé, disait-il. En principe, il me faut un ou deux matches pour que je me sente bien. Après, pour retrouver le plus haut niveau, cela demande un peu plus de temps. Mais lorsque je serai sur le court, j’oublierai ce qui s’est passé ces derniers mois. Je serai dans mon match, pour gagner. Peut-être que je manque de compétition mais, par rapport aux autres joueurs, j’aurai l’avantage de la fraîcheur, surtout en cette année olympique où pas mal de types arrivent rincés de Pékin. En plus, comme ce sera mon premier tournoi, je n’aurai aucune pression sur les épaules. Alors, j’ai peut-être une belle carte à jouer. »
Cette carte, il la jouera non seulement à l’US Open mais aussi dans tous les tournois qui suivront. « L’objectif principal est de terminer la saison à mon meilleur classement (il était 43e à la fin de l’année dernière et figure aujourd’hui à la 18e place). Je ne sais pas si je serai top 20, top 15 voire même top 10. Et je ne parle pas non plus du Masters (Tsonga est pour l’instant 16e à la Race). Chaque chose en son temps. Pour commencer, il faut déjà très bien jouer ici. » Avec trois à quatre heures de tennis par jour face à des sparring-partners comme Gasquet, Monfils, Chardy ou Gulbis, suivies d’une bonne heure et demie de musculation en fin de journée, Tsonga ne laisse rien au hasard. « Vous voyez, je sors du gymnase, je viens juste de terminer ma journée », disait-il mercredi soir sur le coup de 20 heures alors que, dans le hall de l’hôtel Méridien de New York, le large groupe de joueurs français s’ébranlait pour partir dîner. Avant qu’il ne remonte prendre sa douche, on demanda à Tsonga s’il pensait souvent au fait qu’il reste, à ce jour, le seul joueur à avoir battu Nadal dans un tournoi majeur cette année. « Je ne suis pas obsédé par cette idée mais j’y pense quand je le croise. Dans mes pensées, je suis plus tourné vers l’avenir que vers le passé. En fait, je me dis : “Je t’ai battu à l’Open d’Australie (en demi-finales, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2) et j’espère bien que ce n’est pas la dernière fois. J’espère que tôt ou tard, j’aurai de nouveau l’occasion d’aller te chercher. ” »
ALAIN DEFLASSIEUX

MacArthur
08-22-2008, 08:21 AM
I am quite in a hurry too, so I will just make a brief translation of the few interesting points :


He was terribly disappointed of his absence from Beijing and took 10 days off at the beginning of august to compensate for it. Now he is really eager to play and to win. :)

Right now, the knee is absolutely fine and he is doing 3 to 4 hours of tennis per days (plus some musculation to mix things up) without any problem. :D

He knows that usually he needs one or two matches to regain the rythm of the competition. But he thinks he is fresher than many guys out there after the olympics and the hardcourt season, and he has absolutely no pression whatsoever for his first tournament after a long injury. So he may have a little chance for the US open. :cool:

Lastly, for the end of the season, he is looking for the best ranking possible (the masters : why not ? he is 16 at the race), and he doesn't forget that he is the last guy who has beaten Nadal in a big competition this year and he hopes to have the occasion to make it happen again. :devil:

Truc
08-22-2008, 10:55 AM
Thank you! I was nicely surprised he can already practice so much.
The Olympics story seems to have affected him even more than I thought. He says the opening ceremony gave him the shivers, he was watching "open-mouthed" and envying his buddies so much when he could spot them on TV. He had been in good spirits all the time during the rehab, but this was a new low again for him.
But he's over it now. And he swears he's not in NYC "to do a walk-on part" (not sure it makes sense in English, I hope you get the idea).

Turquoise
08-22-2008, 11:29 AM
Apparently, missing the Olympic Games was a devastating blow for Tsonga. :sad: According to Winogradsky, they had placed more demands on the knee in training, and it had started to inflame. There was no question of forcing it further, hence the decision to withdraw from the Olympics. Jo said that he was so gutted that he stopped everything for 10 days (with his coach's permission) and didn't even see anybody. He watched the opening ceremony open-mouthed, feeling goosebumps as he enviously watched his friends/colleagues on the TV screen. But now, he's making his comeback to the US Open, this sad episode is behind him, he's hungry for matches, for victories, and he can assure us that he's not there just to make up the numbers.

Thanks Truc & McArthur for the news and translations. I'm just adding a little to it.

Truc
08-22-2008, 11:56 AM
I had no idea you speak French, Marie, thanks a lot, we are going to enrol you for the translations!

He is really good friends with Gaël and also with Gilles, they would have had loads of fun for sure if he had been with them in Beijing. He was definitely missed, Gaël said in interviews he so badly wanted Jo to go to the Olympic Games too.
It's too bad because he wouldn't have really taken away the spot of a more deserving player, Mika was playing doubles and it wouldn't have been tragic for him to focus on doubles. And Jo would have had a decent chance in doubles.
Anyway, he has to get over it, but I totally understand his disappointment.

Turquoise
08-22-2008, 12:07 PM
Hi Truc :wavey: My French is passable, because I don't use it actively. Creole is my first language. I understand a lot of English idioms and expressions, but struggle with the French ones. But I'm happy to help out with translations where I can :)

lilibel13
08-25-2008, 12:26 PM
Le 30 aout jo will be in l'équipe magazine :D:D:D:D:D

lilibel13
08-28-2008, 12:26 AM
HE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Are you quite pleased with the way that you played today?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Sorry?

Q. Are you happy, content with the way you played?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah.

Q. Can you describe how you felt out there today?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: I was just happy to be on the court. I didn't play a really good tennis, but I played with what I'm possible to do, and that's it.

Q. I think he's the last person that you played, is he not?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah.

Q. So kind of coincidental. But how do you feel health‑wise after the surgery? Do you feel anything from the surgery? You feel healthy? Feel strong?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah, I feel healthy, I feel strong. No, I'm a little bit worried on my knee, and of course it's different than before.

But I feel good and I can play tennis, so I play and I see.

Q. Did you have any question in your own mind about maybe should you play here best of five, hardcourts?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: No, no, no.

Q. You thought you were going to do well?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah.

Q. Has this been sort of an agonizing year? Tremendous Australian Open and then not much since.

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Sorry?

Q. Has this been a agonizing or very difficult year for you? We watched such a marvelous Australian Open, and then nothing much since then.

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah, of course it's difficult, but it's life, you know? Sometimes you have things like this or you are happy and sometimes you are not.

So now I'm happy to be on the court, so that's it. I have nothing to speak, to tell about what is.

Q. Your health is perfect?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah.

Q. Some players experience depression when they're away from the tour, especially with injury and a few weeks goes by they're not on the tour. They're wondering what's going to happen in the future. Did you have any difficult periods during your layoff?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Sorry, can you repeat.

Q. Some players experience depression when they're away from the sport, especially with an injury. Seems like the world is moving and they're staying in one place. Mentally, some players struggle with this. Did you have any problems like that?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: No, no. No problems, because when I don't play tennis I have a lot of things to do, like see my family, see my friend, because when we play tennis we don't have time for that.

So at this moment it's good for that, and it give me a lot of, I don't know, a lot of power, you know, when I come back.

Q. You said you had a little bit of fear or anxiety about your knee, but obviously now it seems like it's fine. At what point during the match did you feel like it was back or that...

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: I can't say that.

Q. No?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: If I tell it, I give lot of things to my future opponent.

Q. For those of us who weren't familiar with the accident, your knee, was it a one‑moment thing or was it a slow...

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: No, it was slow. It was slow. It was ‑‑ I don't know how you say that in English, but it's ‑‑ it was not broke like this.

It was, you know, on the time. So for me, it was obliged to make surgery, and that's it.

Q. Ligament?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: No ligament, meniscus.

Q. Meniscus?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah.

Q. In Casablanca your last match was a walkover with Simon, I believe. Was that because of your knee injury?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah, right. Because my knee was like this.

Q. To look at your record, you would make an appearance here, you went down to Indian Wells, you went down to Florida. You were trying to play, but it just got to be too much. Was that it?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: (Speaking French.) No, no. Only on clay. Only after Davis Cup, and all the tournament on clay I played.

Q. How was your play against Monfils? Have you played Monfils again?

JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Juniors. In juniors and before.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

and a french audio itw here http://www.fft.fr/usopen/2008/?id=3941


Ps il a dedicacer sa victoire a gade (oui oui jade fooret lemannekin ki aurai eu un accident de voiture...)

Truc
08-29-2008, 12:51 PM
I had not seen your post last time, sorry.

Bodo: "Kingdom of Tsonga"
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2008/08/tsonga.html

amdany
08-30-2008, 07:24 PM
Jo is on the "Djamel Comedy club":D, I'm sure it'll be on dailymotion/youtube/canalplus soon

soulage
09-06-2008, 02:16 PM
Equipe Mag

Truc
09-06-2008, 02:59 PM
Thanks a lot, it's impossible to find L'Equipe Magazine abroad!
When did PHM have the same surgery on both knees? Was he already on the tour? (I know he had serious knee issues when he was younger.)*

So no clay tournaments, Bangkok will be his next event. I don't get why he's been asking for WC everywhere...

* I asked in the Paulo forum, which is the more appropriate place, and here's the answer:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7605165&postcount=23161

SelvenluvJo
09-08-2008, 03:34 AM
Thanks soulage~What a pity ,I don't understand Franch......@_@

martine2
09-09-2008, 07:19 AM
Thanks for the article :D

Truc
09-10-2008, 02:41 PM
http://www.welovetennis.fr/fil-info/tsonga-en-pleine-preparation/id-menu-335.html
Dominguez says Jo is training in Paris atm, he decided to practice ten days before leaving for Tokyo, he's fine, mentally and physically, he came back from NY "raring to play" and the rest of his season is looking very promising.

(I'm posting this because I've seen on other websites people saying Jo must have some physical problems again since he decided not to play Bucharest, but it's not true, afaik, he just changed his mind.)

Truc
09-11-2008, 10:53 AM
"Tsonga to play at Heineken Stars" (exhibition tournament, September 19-20)
http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/showarticle.php?num=01NAT110908

So Dominguez probably meant Bangkok instead of Tokyo, I was wondering why he was talking only about Tokyo although Jo has entered Bangkok the week before.

soulage
09-13-2008, 10:06 PM
I've just seen Jo in a TV advert for Kinder Bueno, I didn't know about this ad.

lilibel13
09-13-2008, 11:46 PM
I've just seen Jo in a TV advert for Kinder Bueno, I didn't know about this ad.
Si si j arrete pas den parler ( dde casser les pieds plutot^^ ici ac cettepub lol, et je suis trop deg jai pu enregistrer ke la fin jevais mettre des video caps...)

Truc
10-27-2008, 08:26 AM
L'Equipe has a double page "The New Musketeers?" today:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7780135&postcount=1187

lilibel13
10-27-2008, 08:43 PM
L'Equipe has a double page "The New Musketeers?" today:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7780135&postcount=1187
Le lien rapidshare marche plus tu peux le retelecharger sur megaupload ;)

Truc
10-27-2008, 08:49 PM
Oops, sorry!
http://www.megaupload.com/fr/?d=0VNKJ3UD

lilibel13
10-27-2008, 09:44 PM
Oops, sorry!
http://www.megaupload.com/fr/?d=0VNKJ3UD
merci Franny:)

SelvenluvJo
10-28-2008, 09:44 AM
Oops, sorry!
http://www.megaupload.com/fr/?d=0VNKJ3UD

thanks!!

Truc
10-28-2008, 10:50 AM
I can try to translate it later if nobody else does - sorry, there has been way too much stuff to post and translate lately about Gilles and Gaël. I already translated the parts about them in their forums, they also talk a little bit about Jo since it's about them as a group too.

There is another little article on that topic on lequipe.fr today, I think it's pretty easy to understand with a machine translation?
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2008/20081027_222443_les-copains-se-prennent-au-jeu_Dev.html
They all stress the positive impact of this "competition" between them. Jo doesn't like the comparison with the Musketeers too much, it's another generation and he wishes people would find another nickname for them. "I don't know... The Galactics? (he laughs)"

(I just saw there will be a last series of Questions & Answers for 2009 on Jo's website, btw, if you have questions you want to ask him.)

Månu
10-28-2008, 12:27 PM
By the way, the Galactics is a reference to Chelsea FC. I think Tsonga is a big fan of the Blues and Drogba in particular.

Truc
10-28-2008, 12:57 PM
Thanks for explaining all the football references! Enough with them, Jo, I never get what you're saying.
I knew for Richard, but I had no idea Jo is a big football fan?

Månu
10-28-2008, 01:04 PM
Thanks for explaining all the football references! Enough with them, Jo, I never get what you're saying.
I knew for Richard, but I had no idea Jo is a big football fan?

He seems to be in this interview when he compares him and the three others with actual or ex football players...

soulage
10-28-2008, 01:25 PM
By the way, the Galactics is a reference to Chelsea FC. I think Tsonga is a big fan of the Blues and Drogba in particular.
The Galactics was not the name gived to Real Madrid when Zidane, Beckam, Figo played there no ? There was some pages on Jo in VSD but I didn't buy it http://www.vsd.fr/contenu-editorial/magazine/en-kiosque/

Truc
10-28-2008, 03:14 PM
Not tempted by the interview of Jean-Pierre Foucault's daughter, soulage?

An interview of Jo in Le Parisien today, it's his fault for the whole fuss around Richard's SMS in Salem:« Quand je joue, tout le monde est devant sa télé… »
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA, 23 ans, numéro un au classement français

Il avait crevé l’écran en se hissant en finale de l’Open d’Australie en janvier dernier, stoppé par Novak Djokovic. Privé de Roland-Garros au printemps à cause d’un genou opéré, le Tsonga new-look va enfin rencontrer aujourd’hui en double son public parisien à Bercy, en attendant demain le simple

Ce fabuleux Open d’Australie, vous y repensez souvent depuis neuf mois ?
Non, je n’y pense plus ! Je pense davantage au tournoi de Bangkok, mon premier, que j’ai gagné fin septembre. J’y ai battu Djokovic (NDLR : no 3 mondial, son vainqueur de Melbourne) en finale, ce qui donne encore plus de crédit à ma victoire.

Restez-vous imprégné de la manière dont vous tapiez la balle en Australie ?
A Bangkok, lors des deux derniers matchs (NDLR : Monfils et Djokovic), je jouais aussi bien qu’à Melbourne. En Australie, je me disais : « Je peux jeter mon bras à n’importe quelle vitesse, je ne vais pas rater ! » Ça, c’est une sensation incroyable, le summum en tennis !

Cette finale de Grand Chelem a-t-elle bouleversé votre vie ?
Il y a un an et demi, j’étais 250e mondial ou 300e. Personne n’en avait rien à f…de ce que je pouvais faire, dire ou penser. Je suis devenu un peu plus important aux yeux des autres. La Fédération m’a beaucoup aidé avant mais là, pour mes coachs, elle a mis encore plus de moyens. Pour les sponsors, je compte davantage. Même aux yeux de ma famille et de mes amis, je vois bien que j’ai pris plus d’importance. Quand je joue, tout le monde est devant sa télé.Dans ma commune de 2 500 habitants (NDLR : Savigné-l’Evêque, dans la Sarthe), quand je joue, ils doivent être au moins 500 devant leur écran…

Et les inconvénients de la notoriété ?
Avant, je pouvais aller « tranquilou » dans les restaurants populaires d’une certaine firme américaine. Maintenant, je ne peux plus et il y a plein d’endroits comme ça…La piscine municipale, j’adorais. Là, il suffit qu’un gamin me reconnaisse, il le dit à ses copains et toute la piscine est au courant ! Du coup, on réfléchit à tout ce qu’on fait, à où aller et à comment ça va se passer.

« Je me demande combien de temps je vais tenir »
Où vous sentez-vous le mieux quand vous n’êtes pas sur un court ?
Chez moi, proche de la nature, là où je rencontre le moins de monde.Que ce soit chez moi, à La Rippe (NDLR : en Suisse), ou chez mes parents, au Mans. Je vais à la pêche. Une couverture, une sieste au pied d’un arbre et je suis au top.

Finalement, il n’y a guère que les poissons qui n’aient pas changé leur regard sur vous…
Ouais, voilà ! Quoique…(Il éclate de rire.) J’ai l’impression que ça mord un peu plus depuis quelque temps !

Vous venez d’être désigné no 1 français par la Fédération française, cela a-t-il du sens pour vous ?
Bien sûr ! Quand j’étais petit, j’ai été heureux d’être 15/4, puis 15/2, etc. Là, je suis arrivé au bout de ce classement, c’est génial. Alors, c’est bizarre d’être no 1 pour toute l’année à venir, alors qu’on joue toutes les semaines et que nous sommes quatre Français dans les « 20 ».Mais quelque part, au regard de ma saison, je pense aussi que je le mérite.

« J’ai quitté Roland-Garros les larmes aux yeux »
Dernièrement, vous avez laissé entendre que votre carrière pourrait tourner court, à cause des blessures…
Je me prépare à cette éventualité parce que je vois bien comment évolue ma carrière. J’ai toujours des problèmes physiques. Jusqu’à quand ça va tenir ? Je ne sais pas. Je ne suis pas bâti comme un tennisman, mais davantage comme un rugbyman, assez lourd et plutôt puissant. Aussi, je me demande combien de temps je vais tenir à faire des droite-gauche, avec de gros blocages… Dans ma tête, j’envisage une carrière intense mais pas très longue.

Un genou vous a empêché de disputer Etats-Unis - France à Winston Salem en avril…
Oui, c’est en avril que ça a commencé avec mon genou (NDLR : opéré du ménisque droit fin mai, Jo n’a rejoué qu’à l’US Open fin août). J’étais vraiment malheureux. J’étais en perte de vitesse après la tournée américaine et je comptais sur la Coupe Davis pour me remettre dedans. J’étais comme un fou devant ma télé quand Paulo (NDLR : Mathieu) avait ses balles de match contre Blake. Je harcelais Richard (NDLR : Gasquet) de textos toute la journée et pas seulement lui… Alors, quand j’ai vu l’ampleur que prenait cette histoire, j’étais vert ! (NDLR : il avait été reproché à Gasquet de passer son temps à envoyer des SMS au lieu de soutenir son équipier sur le court).

Vous avez également été privé de Roland-Garros, de Wimbledon et des JO…
Les grosses boules… J’ai quitté Roland avec les larmes aux yeux et je n’ai pas regardé de tennis pendant dix à douze jours, sauf un peu la demie de Gaël (Monfils). Et moi qui me disais que j’allais tout faire péter à Wimbledon…

Vos objectifs pour 2009 ?
Gagner un Masters Series, voire un Grand Chelem… Je veux aussi confirmer ma place dans le top 15, en essayant d’aller plus haut, et montrer que ce n’était pas une saison isolée. Et puis, il y a la Coupe Davis. On est un bon groupe, chacun avec une personnalité différente. Ça va devenir sympa.
Lionel Chami http://www.megaupload.com/fr/?d=TSNY3STO

Truc
10-28-2008, 03:27 PM
He doesn't think about the AO final anymore, but more about Bangkok. In the semi and the final of Bangkok, he had the same thrilling sensations as in Melbourne and this is the best thing which can happen to a tennis player. "You can strike the ball as hard as you want, you won't miss!"
The Tsongamania: he can't go to the MacDo anymore, to the swimming-pool, he has to think well about every place he wants to go to. It seems to bother him a lot. He feels well only at home in Switzerland, at his parents' place, when he goes fishing...
It's important to him to have been picked as French number 1 for 2008 by the FFT. He means he deserves it.
He always plays with the idea that his career might be short. He's not built like a tennis player, more like a rugbyman. He's wondering how long he will be able to play like that, with all the movements right-left-right, the sudden stops... He's mentally prepared for an intense, but short career.
It was really hard for him when the knee problems started. He had been a bit struggling during the North-American AMS and was hoping for the DC to give him a new boost. He was like crazy when he had to watch the DC tie on TV and when Paulo had MP against Blake. He was harassing Richard with SMS and was horrified when he saw all the fuss around it!
He left RG in tears when he had to pull out and didn't watch the tournament at all, except a little part of Gaël's semi. He was crushed because he thought he was going to do something really big in Wimbledon.
The goals for 2009: to win a Masters Series, maybe a Slam. He wants to stay at least in the top 15, possibly higher. And the DC, they are a nice group, with different personalities, it might be fun.

amdany
10-28-2008, 09:01 PM
The Galactics was not the name gived to Real Madrid when Zidane, Beckam, Figo played there no ? There was some pages on Jo in VSD but I didn't buy it http://www.vsd.fr/contenu-editorial/magazine/en-kiosque/

yep it was their nickname;)

Fran, I can help you the translating stuff if you want but I won't be able to do it day by day unfortunately, but maybe week by week:o

lilibel13
10-29-2008, 01:59 AM
y a rien ds vsd sur lui...c est ds kel numero?

SelvenluvJo
10-29-2008, 06:11 AM
He left RG in tears when he had to pull out and didn't watch the tournament at all
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:angel::angel::angel:

lisaplenske
10-29-2008, 12:10 PM
where did you read that?

Truc
10-29-2008, 02:05 PM
In the interview from Le Parisien I just posted ("Les grosses boules… J’ai quitté Roland avec les larmes aux yeux et je n’ai pas regardé de tennis pendant dix à douze jours. Moi qui me disais que j’allais tout faire péter à Wimbledon...")

the graduate
10-29-2008, 09:42 PM
I think the french men will make a statement next year,they will be in the top ten Jo,Gael and Simon.I am telling you next year will be exciting times for french men tennis,revisit this thread my friends

HoistDaColors
11-08-2008, 08:07 AM
ok as promise. I translated the article from chinese from this site (http://sports.163.com/08/1106/06/4Q20S2QS00051CDI.html). My chinese is not perfect (neither is my English :o). Please forgive me if you see something wrong.


Tsonga: This season is "a beautiful life"

Considered to be the leading new generation of French Players, Tsonga and Simon are close buddies. For this pair of French brothers, the Masters Cup and Shanghai are foreign to them. So when these two pushed their luggages out of the airport and see all the zealous Shanghai fans, surprise and shyness became their first reactions. Tsonga readjusted his hat and Simon quickened his pace.

The bold and ferocious on-court Tsonga, which earned him the nickname "Ali", built on his early and late season strong performance, qualified for the master cup.

At the beginning of the season in the Australian Open, Tsonga went all the way to the final but lost to Djokovic. Then knee injury become his nightmare.

French "Ali" had to give up the French Open and the Olympics. This made Tsonga, who has always wanted to
win honors for France, melancholy.

Season's end, Tsonga once again surprise everyone, winning the Paris Masters tournament to aid him to qualify the TMC. Regarding this long but full of ups and downs season, the naturally romantic frenchman summed it up with a smile: "I can use a name of one movie to describe my bumpy season--<<La Vie Est Belle>>".

After learning that he will be in a group with djokovic, del potro, and davydenko, tsonga spoke frankly that the opponents are not important: "I'm in good health, no injuries. That's the happiest thing for me. I am already preparing for next season and the Master cup is my best opportunity for practice."

Of course, the Master cup is also a place for Tsonga to realize his dreams. "I regret not participating the French Open and Olympics. I dream of winning for France. On the plane, I chatted with Simon about the ambient of the Olympic games. Luckily, there is still the Masters cup for me to realize me dream. To me, not only the cup has its allure, China and Shanghai also have their unique attractiveness.

lisaplenske
11-08-2008, 04:27 PM
thank you Ome for the translation:)

ah la vitta e bella:hearts: I like this movie.

HoistDaColors
11-08-2008, 05:58 PM
thank you Ome for the translation:)

ah la vitta e bella:hearts: I like this movie.

are you talking to me? I am not ome. The thai flag and the costa rican flag look similar but the patterns are slightly different. ;)

MacArthur
11-08-2008, 09:03 PM
Ah big thanks for your translation ! I was the one who ask it to you in the simon forum. That's great for us.

lisaplenske
11-08-2008, 09:40 PM
are you talking to me? I am not ome. The thai flag and the costa rican flag look similar but the patterns are slightly different. ;)

omg sorrrrrrrrrrrryyyy! I really thought it was Ome cause she does some translations sometimes and you're right costa rica and thailand flag are similar too
thank you hoistdacolors;):wavey:

Truc
11-09-2008, 07:02 PM
An interview of Jo in the JDD today (I just posted the part about Gilles over there):
http://www.lejdd.fr/cmc/sport/200845/tsonga-j-en-impose-_163609.html

Truc
11-09-2008, 07:06 PM
There also is a long article about both guys in L'Equipe today, I posted it here:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7816261&postcount=148

lisaplenske
11-09-2008, 07:59 PM
Here are the jo little interview about his match today(translated by me from eurosport.fr)

"Ive traveled a lot"

question: How do you analyze your match today?

JWT: I dont think I played bad, I even feel like I played quite a good match. But he was very tough today.I didnt expect that he would play that well.
He has all the credit for this, he deserved to win.He returned at 30 cm from the line.He gave me just 3 or 4 balls during the match,he had been offensif and served well. There were some long and tough rallies and he was perhaps fresher than me at the end of the match.

question: what did bother the most in his game?

jo: he takes the ball very early,he didnt let me breathe and install my big ground strokes from the baseline. He change very often the direction of the ball and find some amazing angles. Its not easy to ajust your game.When he plays like that, you travel a lot, from left to right,rihgt,left,right.

question: how do you see your next match against Juan Martin Del Potro?

jo: it will be a psychological fight.We both lost our first match there.The one who will be the more solid in his head will prevail.He has a quite complet game.I ll have to be agressive and hold on. He had a quite movementing ending year,he played a lot and has also have to play davis cup next week.If I can put him under big pressure since the beggining of the match,he could fall down. He is a very precocious man who spanked so many guys on the tour.

julia_gu
11-10-2008, 01:47 AM
http://video.sina.com.cn/sports/t/v/2008-11-09/213317511.shtml

lisaplenske
11-14-2008, 06:13 PM
jo giving his impressions as he ends his beautiful season(eurosport.fr)

14/11/2008 - 10:15
Tsonga : "Really looking forward to 2009 !"
Tennis - Masters Cup Shanghai



very happy to finish his season in shanghai with a victory over novak djokovic in the tennis master cup, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga make a statement of an exciting 2008 year et already makes some projections to 2009.

You must be happy to end this with a win...
J.W.T. : Yes I had to save the honnor and this had a cost. I fought despite my 2 defeats. I gave the best of me once again.I'm happy to get my first win in the master cup. I could win 100 ATP points, this could be important for the tournaments in 2009, to be top seed. Its a pity, I wasnt far in the two first matchs.But its like that. I will be able to rest now and prepare to go back even stronger next year.



what were the keys of the match?
J.W.T. : At the beggining I was a little bit nervous. I didnt know how to do. He was better than me in the two first sets.It was a little "hold up" that I made by winning the second. Then once he got broken in the beggining of the third, he quite given up. He must have thought that he still had tough road to win the tournament here.

It is important to finish the year on a positive note?

J.W.T. : yes these 2 defeats had affected my confidence.Its good to finish this way... Yeah its good for confidence but also for my pleasure.I will leave the masters with a smile.


you will finish as the best french player in the ranking. Do you feel proud about this?
J.W.T. : The most important for me is to exploit my potential profundly.I did more than I predicted for 2008. After if Gilles, Gael or another(Richie:cool:)pass me in the ranking, dont care. My was to win my first title and approch the top10. I'm proud of myself, I did beyond than that. I was amazed about my results. Its fabulous what happened to me, what happened to us. This are unique emotions that cant be bought.

And for 2009?
J.W.T. : I hope to do better. Why not wining a slam title and also the Davis Cup? I want the best for me and for my entourage. I also hope to be able to play a full season, play more tournaments.


What was the best moment,the best highlight?

J.W.T.:my win in bercy.It was Magic in front my family,my friends...


And the worst?
J.W.T. : When the doc told me that I couldnt play roland garros and that I must have a knee surgery.


What impressions will you keep from the master cup?
J.W.T. : C'est une épreuve qui réunit les huit meilleurs, et ça se voit. Chaque match est compliqué. Mais c'est une épreuve magique. Je suis déjà excité d'être à l'année prochaine pour me lancer de nouveaux défis et faire "péter" quelque chose de grand.
Its a competition who make play the 8 best players and its obvious.Every match is tough.But its a magic competition. I'm already excited to be in 2009 to give myself new challenges and make the things very big again.

lisaplenske
11-21-2008, 04:32 PM
Jo in Johannesburg

Popular Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis will join David Ferrer of Spain and Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the SA Open tennis tournament to be played at Montecasino in Johannesburg from February 2 to 8. Tsonga was on hand in Johannesburg Thursday as tournament organizers announced the addition of Baghdatis and Ferrer to the playing field.


is this a new tournament?:confused:

lisaplenske
11-27-2008, 02:57 PM
some more informations about the preparation that jo will make in order to be ready for 2009(thanks Fran)

http://www.fft.fr/filinfos/default.asp?ID=4395

jo will make his preparation with many other french players such as simon,serra,chardy,mannarino and other lower ranked players.The lowest is 1320.
it start from 1 to 12 of december, in south of france, near the sea.
Their days are well organized between physical training, vtt,badminton,squash and since the 6 of december they will begin tennis.

Truc
12-02-2008, 07:49 AM
Jo won't play this Masters France thingie (he doesn't want to play an exhibition in Toulouse in the middle of his preparation for the Australian Open, very understandably!)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga : « Mon souhait était de jouer le Masters France, surtout qu’il s’agissait de la première édition. Mais après deux semaines de repos, je ne peux pas me permettre de reprendre la compétition aussi rapidement. Je dois me préserver et avancer à mon rythme. Deux semaines d’entraînement ne seront pas de trop pour mettre toutes les chances de mon côté en ce début de saison 2009 (Tsonga disputera en janvier les tournois de Brisbane, Sydney et l’Open d’Australie). Utiliser une de ses deux semaines pour jouer à Toulouse n’aurait pas été raisonnable. Je n’exclus pas de rendre visite à mes amis sur le tournoi et soutenir ainsi cet événement. Je serai bien évidemment heureux de venir l’année prochaine. »
http://www.rmc.fr/edito/sport/65516/tsonga-forfait/
He can't afford to play an event so fast, he has to go at his own pace. He'll need at least 2 weeks training to get ready for the Australian tournaments and using one of these 2 weeks for Toulouse wouldn't be sensible. Maybe he'll show up to support the event, but he won't play.

soulage
12-02-2008, 11:41 AM
There were not a rule which forced them to play Toulouse to touch the Prize Money of all the French Tournaments they played ? Anyway Tsonga is probably right to not play there.

lisaplenske
12-02-2008, 12:06 PM
The event will lose much with jo not playing it but well he has so many points to defend with AO finale that he cant risk to not be ready for that.He had so many injuries,he's right to be cautious.Sad though:sad:

Puschkin
12-02-2008, 12:41 PM
Jo won't play this Masters France thingie (he doesn't want to play an exhibition in Toulouse in the middle of his preparation for the Australian Open, very understandably!)

Of course this French Masters "thingie" :lol: is irrelevant, I just wonder what Mr. Dominguez will say? :p

lisaplenske
12-02-2008, 01:12 PM
Of course this French Masters "thingie" :lol: is irrelevant, I just wonder what Mr. Dominguez will say? :p

he wont say anything bad since jo belongs to the "bons élèves" category with simon.:o
he'll promote the tournament and meet the fans so

Fifteenlove
12-02-2008, 05:03 PM
He's right not to play the masters france, the atp tour is quite heavy already, they don't have much time to rest and enjoy their families... There's no point in going there. Still i would have loved to see him play... :D

Juli_V
12-02-2008, 09:14 PM
Tsonga must use some time to have a proper rest for the next season :) Allez Jo.

MacArthur
12-07-2008, 06:37 PM
Sad but necessary.

Truc
12-09-2008, 08:06 AM
Tons of stuff today about the training camp in Saint-Cyprien! I posted the articles from L'Equipe in Gilles' forum:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7893388&postcount=199
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7893390&postcount=200
(I will try to translate/sum it up later in English. There also is a little pic in the pics thread.)

A short interview of Jo in the local newspaper of Saint-Cyprien:
http://www.lindependant.com/articles/2008/12/09/20081209-Sports-Tsonga-vise-encore-plus-haut.php5

And an article in Le Parisien which is more about Jo:

SelvenluvJo
12-09-2008, 08:21 AM
thanks Truc

lisaplenske
12-09-2008, 02:03 PM
Jo is right imo, he has some goals, the most important for 2009 would be to win a slam and especially to play roland garros healthy with a good claycourt preparation.
He will play less tournaments to focus better on big tournaments.
That's jo.he knows what he wants.

Allez Jo.

Truc
12-10-2008, 07:51 AM
The summary in English of the article of L'Equipe is here:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7893532&postcount=202
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7893691&postcount=204

There also is an interview of Jo in Midi Libre, but it's pretty much the same:
http://www.midilibre.com/articles/2008/12/10/20081210-SPORT-GENERAL-ML-Tennis-Jo-Wilfried-Tsonga-Ma-limite-c-39-est-n-1-mondial-Je-prefere-une-belle-defaite-a-une-sale-victoire-Sauf-en-Grand-Chelem.php5
He prefers to win a Slam rather than becoming number 1, if he had to choose. And he prefers a beautiful defeat to an ugly win, except if it's a Slam final.

Truc
12-10-2008, 09:48 AM
I just read in the last issue of Grand Chelem that Jo's official website will be launched on Monday:

« Jo aura son site web officiel ! »
C’est le 15 Décembre que le numéro 1 français ouvrira les « portes » de son site web officiel. « Vu le nombre de demandes d’interviews, et le besoin pour l’ensemble des médias et des fans, il était logique de lancer un site officiel performant où nous ferons régulièrement des mises à jour avec quelques exclusivités. Tous les médias ne peuvent pas suivre Jo sur toutes les étapes du circuit. Dorénavant le site officiel sera un point de passage pour suivre de près ses performances » explique Morgan Menahem, son agent qui a déjà utilisé cette « formule » pour
une autre star dont il s’occupe, Tony Parker. Reste à connaître l’adresse, elle est toute simple : www.jowiltsonga.fr

Truc
12-10-2008, 10:11 AM
There also is an interview of him, you can download the whole magazine here:
http://v2.welovetennis.fr/medias/magazines/mag10.BSDEF.pdf

MacArthur
12-10-2008, 01:00 PM
Good news !

Thanks Truc

lisaplenske
12-10-2008, 02:31 PM
yeah finally jo has his official website.

I go sometimes on his non official website but that's true that its not always updated...
Good news:)

lilibel13
12-10-2008, 09:48 PM
Bof est ce quelqu'un sait si tennistory cad cecile collabore au projet du site off? parce que faut dire que qd meme son site a la base est la reference sur jo...

lilimi80
12-11-2008, 07:49 PM
OMG! trop fort! jo était dans le SAV d'omar et fred! :haha: il aime vraiment le grand journal!

Truc
12-18-2008, 12:13 PM
The website isn't completely ready yet!

http://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2008/12/18/509688-Tennis-Tsongamania-au-Palais-des-sports-de-Toulouse.html
about the Tsongamania yesterday in Toulouse, he clearly got the loudest applause, of course. And he remembers how much he enjoyed this kind of clinics as a kid - against Nathalie Tauziat ^^ and especially Sampras.

And an interview on the FFT website: http://www.fft.fr/action/masters-france/?ID=4462
I like the last answer. The journalist says he doesn't seem to feel the pressure and to be afraid of it. So Jo answers that it's not just an impression, he doesn't feel any pressure indeed. Not having enough money at the end of the month to pay one's rent, that's pressure for him, but not what he does.

lisaplenske
12-24-2008, 01:06 PM
Jo gave an interview yesterday to the french medias at roland garros.Here's an article from l'Equipe.

"I believe in me"
http://www.lequipe.fr/Xml/Tennis/Titres/Media/231208_tsonga_leq.jpg

With Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is "no limit". His gentle voice that contrasts with his gaze fixed, he said simply: "I believe in myself and my abilities." In the mouth of a French, the sentence might resonate as a cocky. In the vocabulary of an American, this is the obvious. And Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, it's just a reality. The Manceau is neither a provocation nor a player of an oversized ego. he is fair with himself, sincere and honest: "I've always been surprising as a tennis player. I have always been capable of the best and worst. Gradually, I delete the worst and I begin to give only the good. "

Skeptics saw its large blocks of his forehand, affected the sheet, with a smirk. Today, they have reduced their irony. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was preparing more. One of his best friends and training partners, Josselin Ouanna, has not forgotten the lesson: "More young, Jo missed a lot and today, his game is in place. When it is necessary to play, he knows how to play. When to attack, he knows attack. Now his game is very well made. "Since 1 December, he returned to training. After fifteen days of rest, he swallows the famous period land essential to harden the "cash" and continues with some technical adjustments to improve his game "I am very improved," says immediately 6th World player who won 206 seats in two years. He starts by mentioning his desire to play more inside the court, he goes by his desire to make his second ball service more powerful. Throughout the conversation, he adds the forehand, the backhand ... In short, he wants everything. His inventory some of Prévert demonstrates his will, his desire to learn and his perfectionism.

As he behaves on the court, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga not cheating and not trying to hide. He does what he says and he says what he does. The 2008 season has made a point of entry with his final at the Australian Open and especially his semi-final, won (6-2, 6-3, 6-2) against Rafael Nadal. This could be the masterpiece of a career. The rest of the year proves that it is put into the mouth. Despite a big blow with a meniscus operation at Roland Garros, he returned to tornado late season for bagging his first title on the ATP circuit by beating Novak Djokovic in the final in Bangkok. Week after week, he brings a little extra ingredient. After his incredible level of play in Australia and his unique ability to rebound in Bangkok, he shows his mental strength in Bercy. The pressure and its avatars are not part of his vocabulary: "I actually feel no pressure. When we did not have enough money to pay his rent at the end of the month and that may be outside, that's for me the pressure. " I do not play my life on a court. "

In front of his public and his family in Paris, he goes to go beat David Nalbandian in the final. Beyond his first Masters Series title, his management of important points gave him the stuff of the best. On his chair before receiving the trophy, he "enjoys" and "back up everything from his teenage years where (he) said to be 14-15 years that this would still be great to win a tournament like this. " It is the image he wants to keep from his season. The victory today is also that of yesterday with his galleries, his suffering and his joys. The student of Eric Winogradsky doesnt have short memory, he does not forget all his injuries and doubts. Some would have felt the rancor and the bitterness during these long months to morfondre in the National Training Center (NTC). Jo-Wilfried Tsonga left to ripen his desire and his generosity is now a resounding echo in the hearts of spectators. "Tennis is a pleasure, an exchange. I give the maximum of myself because I look at myself in the mirror telling me that I have done things. "His charisma does the rest. Everything is always very simple with "Jo" he gives, so he receives.

Sophie DORGAN (translation google)

Truc
12-24-2008, 03:05 PM
There also was a double-page spread about Jo yesterday in L'Equipe (+ another article today about that press conference), but I don't have it (I buy it online and the pdf issue was incomplete, I have only the first part).

lisaplenske
12-25-2008, 12:29 PM
oh:sad:

merci d'avoir essayer:wavey:

lisaplenske
01-02-2009, 06:23 PM
here an article about jo

http://images.tvnz.co.nz/tvnz_images/sport2009/tennis/international_players/tsonga_js_green_serve_2.jpg

Flamboyant Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has thrown down the gauntlet to fellow tennis big guns by declaring a "war" for the No.1 ranking in 2009.

And it's one he expects to be in the thick of after confidently rating himself capable of winning the Australian Open in the first grand slam event of the New Year.

Tsonga will open 2009 by playing the inaugural Brisbane International next week, starting a month-long campaign Down Under to go one better than his final defeat at Melbourne Park in 2008.

The world No.6 is seeded second in Brisbane behind Serb world No.3 Novak Djokovic, who defeated him in four sets in the last Australian Open final.

"For me, it was very difficult to lose the final to Novak, so it's given me a lot of motivation for the rest of the year and now I hope I will win against him the next time," he said on Wednesday.

"I'm confident (of winning the Australian Open) because I've had a very good preparation.

"It's a new opportunity to play another final or win a tournament."


Following his Melbourne Park final disappointment, Tsonga was laid low by injuries but bounced back to win the Paris Masters to show his January success - which included a huge semi-final upset of Rafael Nadal - was no flash in the pan.

The 23-year-old has since got the better of world No.3 Djokovic on three occasions, including his last match at the Masters Cup in November.

As Nadal finally ended Roger Federer's record of 237 consecutive weeks at the top of the rankings after the Beijing Olympics, Tsonga felt the days of one player cementing himself as No.1 were over.

Asked who would be on top at the end of 2009," Tsonga said: "I hope me but I don't know.

"I think there is a lot of good players and it's going to be a war.":armed::armed:

Fellow former Australian Open finalist and Brisbane International contender Marcos Baghdatis is one who believes Tsonga will challenge Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Tsonga was humbled to hear the popular Cypriot's view but made a cheeky admission Baghdatis was a good judge.

The Muhammad Ali lookalike ramped up his preparations for his Australian campaign by practising against fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the sweltering heat and humidity at Pat Rafter Arena on Wednesday.

"I like that," he said. "It gives me a very good preparation for the Australian Open."

Tsonga denied he came to Australia with any extra pressure to repeat the feats last summer and indicated he'd be nigh-on unstoppable in Brisbane if his booming serve was on song.

"It is enough because you can usually break with a little bit of luck and then you serve and you serve and you serve," he said.
http://tvnz.co.nz/tennis-news/tsonga-its-war-no-1-in-09-2432317

Eden
01-07-2009, 07:54 PM
:wavey:

Biofile: The Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Interview
By Scoop Malinowski

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

http://picsrv.fashionweekdaily.com/?fif=/tennisweek/img_696_176170_4002.jpg&obj=iip,1.0&hei=268&wid=422
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga scored a 7-6(4), 6-4 win over Novak Djokovic to earn is first title in Bangkok.
© Getty Images

Break point has rarely carried such combustible connotations as it did the day Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lowered the boom in delivering a destructive serve that splattered and nearly shattered Mario Ancic's racquet in the process.

"(I was playing) against Ancic in Bercy three years ago. I serve a big serve and he put his racquet out and the racquet broke at the middle of the racquet," Tsonga recalls. "So, for me, it was funny because I serve a big serve and he was like this — with a broke racquet. I think he broke the racquet before he play with it. When he hit the ball it go BOOM!"

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Tsonga possesses such potent power he can turn a tennis ball into a wrecking ball when he's serving, but Tsonga is hardly a one-note player.

The man who bears a striking resemblance to former three-time World Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali mixes sting and subtlety in one of the most exciting and explosive games on the ATP World Tour.

Tsonga showcased his skills during his surge to his first career final at the 2008 Australian Open last year.

He dispatched four top-15 ranked players — Andy Murray, Richard Gasquet, Mikhail Youzhny and then World No. 2 Rafael Nadal — to reach the final of the Melbourne major and took the first set before bowing to Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-7(2).

Throughout his inspired run through the Oz Open field, Tsonga played the decisive, dynamic tennis of a man well aware of what he needed to do on court and fully committed to executing his plan, but in the final act of his upset of Youzhny Tsonga suddenly found himself momentarily overcome for the first time in the tournament.

Moments after completing a comprehensive 7-5, 6-0, 7-6(6), Australian Open victory over 14th-seeded Youzhny to surge into his first career Grand Slam semifinal in only his fifth career major, the 22-year-old Frenchman felt the flood of emotion surging within.

"I don't know how to say that. It's like I want to cry, I want to smile, I want everything. And it's a lot of emotion," Tsonga said. "I have a lot of image in my head, and it's coming like this, and it's very big. And, yeah, it's a lot of emotion."

His emotional accessibility as well as attacking game has made Tsonga a fan favorite.

Tsonga's talent has never been an issue — he beat Marcos Baghdatis to win the 2003 U.S. Open junior title and finished second to Baghdatis in the 2003 year-end ITF Junior world rankings — but his conditioning and commitment was undermined by back and abdominal injuries early in his career.

While Baghdatis broke through by reaching the 2006 Australian Open final, Tsonga was toiling on the Challenger circuit. Sidelined with a herniated disc in his back for five months in 2005, he suffered another setback with abdominal and shoulder injuries in 2006. He did not win an ATP Tour-level match in 2005 or 2006 and admits the injury-induced futility caused him to question his ability to come back.

"Sometimes it was like, 'Oh, it's too tough,' I don't know if I will do it," Tsonga said of the injuries that stalled his career before it even took off.

Since turning pro, the Frenchman has had a flair for summoning some of his best tennis against seeded players.

Five years ago, Tsonga made his ATP main draw debut one to remember at the China Open as the then 19-year-old qualifier slammed three straight aces to start the match and sustained a high level of play throughout to shock top-seeded Spaniard Carlos Moya, 6-3, 6-3, in the opening round of the China Open.

He began the 2007 season ranked No. 212, pushed Andy Roddick to four sets, including two tiebreak sets, in his Australian Open debut last year, won five Challenger championships in the spring season and beat former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt at Queen's Club last June. Playing his first Wimbledon, Tsonga reached the fourth round before falling to fellow Frenchman and friend Richard Gasquet.

Starting the 2008 season surging to the Adelaide semifinals, Tsonga made an immediate impact on the Australian Open in dispatching ninth-seeded Andy Murray in the opening round, defeating Gasquet in the fourth round and overwhelming Youzhny.

In past years, Tsonga's all-out attacking style was born of necessity: he simply wasn't fit enough to defend and prolong points. Shedding 10 pounds in the offseason, a much sleeker Tsonga has made greater use of his all-court gifts.

He bounced back from knee surgery that shelved him for part of the spring to capture his first career title by beating Djokovic, 7-6(4), 6-4, in the Bangkok final last September. Then roared through the Paris field in defeating Radek Stepanek, Djokovic, Andy Roddick, James Blake and David Nalbandian to claim his first career Masters Series crown in Paris, thrilling his home crowd in the process.

The second-seeded Tsonga will face off against his good friend Gasquet in the Brisbane quarterfinals after edging Jarkko Nieminen, 0-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(5) in today's Brisbane International.

Scoop Malinowski, whose jab, penchant for headwear and fondness for reptiles has evoked comparisons to Livingstone Bramble, recently caught up with Tsonga for this Biofile Interview.

Tennis Inspirations: "A lot of guys. I try to take something from every player — Agassi, Sampras, Rafter."

Hobbies/Interests: "I have lots of hobbies. I like life so, maybe my best hobby is fishing. I like music, being with my friends."

Favorite Movies: "Lord of the Rings."

Favorite TV Shows: "I don't watch TV too much, so."

Musical Tastes: "Everything."

Last Book Read: "DaVinci Code."

First Tennis Memory: "Final, Davis Cup, between Sweden and France. I watched it on TV. I remember the last match, it was (Nicklas) Kulti against (Arnaud) Boetsch and it was unbelievable. Both players finished with cramps. It was unbelievable."

Favorite Meal: "Meal from Congo — it's like chicken with peanut butter."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Vanilla."

Pre-Match Feeling/Mindset: "To think of my game. Visualize my game and how it's gotta be."

Favorite Non-Tennis Sport To Watch: "Basketball."

Greatest Sports Moment: "Winning the Paris title in Bercy. Also my victory in juniors at U.S. Open."

Most Painful Moment: "My injury four years ago — my back. And I was out for two years."

Favorite Tournaments: "U.S. Open. Because I won juniors. I like this place. People enjoy to watch us, so it's good in New York."

Favorite Players To Watch Today: "Maybe Nadal."

Closest Tennis Friends: "Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils, Marcos Baghdatis."

Funniest Players Encountered: "For me, because he's my friend, it's Gael Monfils. I've known him since we are kids. (What is it about him?) There is a lot of expression to his face [smiles]. So, for me, it's funny. But maybe for someone else it's not funny."

Toughest Competitor: "Federer."

Funny Memory: "Against Ancic in Bercy three years ago. Because I serve a big serve and he put his racquet out and the racquet broke at the middle of the racquet. So, for me, it was funny because I serve a big serve and he was like this — with a broke racquet. I think he broke the racquet before he play with it. When he hit the ball it go BOOM!"

Last Vacation: "Was in France, La Baule."

Best You Ever Felt on Court: "Winning Paris (indoors in '08). Australian Open final last year. Two years ago against Feliciano Lopez. Everything I did on the court it was easy."

People Qualities Most Admired: "Generous."

Source: http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6624773

the graduate
01-09-2009, 08:58 PM
jo i love you

Truc
01-17-2009, 11:54 AM
"The last time... with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga" in the last issue of Deuce:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/5/en/deuce/january2009/last_tsonga.asp

The last time he hired a tennis court was when he was 12 years old???

MacArthur
01-17-2009, 12:16 PM
Interesting one !

For the hiring of a court, it may be because since this age, he was in Paris to train and it was "free".

Ad Wim
01-26-2009, 02:49 PM
Just a question, why doesn't Jo play Dubai?

MacArthur
01-27-2009, 01:38 AM
I am really not sure, but I think it's a schedule thing : he wants to have a free time of work and rest just after a period of something like six-seven weeks of continuous play till the beginning of the season, and just before the american tourney and the davis cup.

He made the same thing last year. Plus he is not really the whore type who goes for the big endorsement if his health and carrer are in game.

Puschkin
01-27-2009, 02:47 PM
That is absolutely remarkable: a full page about Tsonga in Le Monde :eek:
http://www.lemonde.fr/cgi-bin/ACHATS/acheter.cgi?offre=ARCHIVES&type_item=ART_ARCH_30J&objet_id=1067384

SelvenluvJo
01-28-2009, 02:03 AM
That is absolutely remarkable: a full page about Tsonga in Le Monde :eek:
http://www.lemonde.fr/cgi-bin/ACHATS/acheter.cgi?offre=ARCHIVES&type_item=ART_ARCH_30J&objet_id=1067384

what does it write?:sad:

Ad Wim
01-29-2009, 11:51 AM
I am really not sure, but I think it's a schedule thing : he wants to have a free time of work and rest just after a period of something like six-seven weeks of continuous play till the beginning of the season, and just before the american tourney and the davis cup.

He made the same thing last year. Plus he is not really the whore type who goes for the big endorsement if his health and carrer are in game.

Oke thanks. Good to take rest, but why not in a smaller tourney than in a 500?
And it's good that he is not in for the money, but why does he go to South-Africa then? That seems a money thing to me...

MacArthur
01-30-2009, 12:07 AM
In a sense, it's always a money thing (they are professional players), but in that case, you just have to look for the number of top players in Dubai to see what I mean : 90% of the top 30 are in Dubai, they are two (with Ferrer) in SA. He said he wants to give a chance to an african tournament... I don't know what he makes in going to SA, but I am quite confident he could have made much much more in Dubai.

And from a recent interview, he said almost clearly that he doesn't give a damn about lesser size tournament (250 or 500). He's going to give his all for the slams, the masters and the davis cup.

reggie1
01-30-2009, 01:39 PM
I didn't realise Jo was playing Rotterdam. I'm glad because it will be televised on Sky. :D

Ad Wim
01-31-2009, 06:08 PM
In a sense, it's always a money thing (they are professional players), but in that case, you just have to look for the number of top players in Dubai to see what I mean : 90% of the top 30 are in Dubai, they are two (with Ferrer) in SA. He said he wants to give a chance to an african tournament... I don't know what he makes in going to SA, but I am quite confident he could have made much much more in Dubai.

And from a recent interview, he said almost clearly that he doesn't give a damn about lesser size tournament (250 or 500). He's going to give his all for the slams, the masters and the davis cup.

Giving a chance to an African tournament is a noble thing. Looking at the entry list, he will win the tournament with his left hand, certainly since Monfils is out now.

But if he doesn't give a damn about the smaller tourneys (strange thing BTW), why does he play so manu smaller sized tournaments then (Sydney, Brisbane, Johannesburg)?

MacArthur
01-31-2009, 10:52 PM
In a word : to find his rythm. Jo is a diesel, he needs to play a lot to find his form (despite the injuries).

But if his schedule is such a shame for you, you still can send him a word on jo-wilfried tsonga.com. He answers to it, some times...

bakeroo
01-31-2009, 11:17 PM
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=6&click_id=4&art_id=vn20090131002448302C731616
About him at the south africa open

MacArthur
01-31-2009, 11:30 PM
Thanks Bakeroo for the good article : always good to have this kind of memento :yeah:

bakeroo
02-04-2009, 07:49 PM
http://www.sport24.co.za/Content/Tennis/270/1fa28b1513414a9ebe7e3cd160ec2af6/01-01-0001%2012-01/Tsonga_Ali-shuffles_in_Soweto

there should be photos and a video hopefully around

Keijan
02-08-2009, 08:59 PM
Since I couldn't open the link posted above, I'm posting here Le Monde's article about Jo. Nothing really new for who knows him, but it's well-written and interesting.


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga est une bête de scène. Ce colosse (1,87 m, 90 kg), a priori, semble pourtant d'un naturel débonnaire. La paupière lourde, il commente ses matches en conférence de presse d'une voix douce, presque inaudible. Il nourrit une passion bucolique pour la pêche, qui lui permet de "faire la sieste au grand air". Mais, sur un terrain de tennis, il se métamorphose. Il irradie. Il hurle, il joue avec la foule, il danse.

Il y a tout juste un an, les spectateurs de l'Open d'Australie et les Français, à 17 000 km de Melbourne, ont découvert cette force de la nature. Durant ce tournoi, l'un des quatre plus importants du circuit du tennis, avec Roland-Garros, Wimbledon et l'US Open, une star est née. Depuis 1983, et la victoire de Yannick Noah à Roland-Garros, le tennis français n'avait connu pareil emballement.

Pourquoi ? Pour un match, d'abord. En demi-finale, à Melbourne, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a réalisé l'impensable. Il a balayé Rafael Nadal, le meilleur joueur du monde, en le dominant sur son terrain, celui du punch. Son charisme a fait le reste : Jo-Wilfried Tsonga possède ce je-ne-sais-quoi qui fait les vedettes.

Cette année, aux antipodes, le Manceau compte refaire parler de lui. En dépit de douleurs au dos, il a passé le premier tour facilement, mardi 20 janvier. Sa finale de 2008, où il avait été battu par le Serbe Novak Djokovic, lui a laissé un goût d'inachevé. "La place de numéro un mondial ? Pourquoi pas...", ose-t-il.

Cette assurance tranquille, "Jo" la puise dans sa saison 2008. Il a gagné le tournoi de Bercy, devant son public. Et, 38e joueur au classement mondial au début de la saison, il a fini l'année à la 6e place. Une progression remarquable, qui ne dit pas tout. Car le joueur a manqué près de la moitié de la saison, blessé. La course au classement étant affaire d'endurance - il faut accumuler les performances tout au long de l'année pour grimper dans la hiérarchie arrêtée en décembre -, nul ne sait jusqu'où il serait allé s'il avait pu jouer davantage.

Sa confiance semble aussi tenir de l'inné. "Je ne me fixe pas de barrières. Je suis en accord avec moi-même, j'accepte que les autres me voient comme je suis", explique-t-il. Sa mère, Evelyne, l'a toujours connu ainsi : "Tout petit, il a sauté du haut du toboggan, parce qu'il était sûr qu'il pouvait voler !"

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga est né en 1985, au Mans, de parents enseignants. Son père, Didier, est professeur de physique-chimie. Sa mère, ancienne institutrice, s'occupe maintenant d'élèves plus âgés dans des sections destinées aux adolescents en grande difficulté scolaire.

Jo-Wilfried, malgré cela, n'a pas eu un parcours scolaire brillant. Bon élève à l'école primaire et au collège, il est ensuite rentré dans le rang, tennis oblige. "Ça a été la grosse blessure pour nous et je crois que c'est un petit regret pour lui. Il a été jusqu'au bac sans redoubler, mais ne l'a jamais passé", raconte sa mère.

Le sport et les études : voilà deux fondements de la famille Tsonga. Didier, né au Gabon de parents congolais, a débarqué en France en 1976, auréolé du titre de meilleur joueur de handball d'Afrique centrale. Le grand-père de Jo-Wilfried, Alphonse, est à l'origine de cet exil. Ce gendarme français au temps des colonies avait jugé que le sport n'était pas une vie, et que son fils devait réussir à l'université, en métropole. Didier y a rencontré Evelyne, la fille d'un couple de petits commerçants sarthois.

Chassez le sport par une fenêtre et il reviendra par la grande porte... Les Tsonga ont ça dans le sang. Un frère de Didier, Richard, est l'inventeur du service smashé, en volley. Le petit frère de Jo-Wilfried, Enzo, est stagiaire-pro dans l'équipe de basket-ball du Mans, 4e du championnat de France. Gamin, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a goûté à bon nombre de sports avant de se fixer. Il a très vite montré un physique hors normes, gagnant de nombreux cross. En plus d'être costaud, il est endurant.

Ses qualités l'ont conduit en section sport-études tennis, puis à l'Institut national des sports et de l'éducation physique (Insep), la pépinière à champions française, située dans le bois de Vincennes, à Paris. A 18 ans, en conséquence d'un parcours sans faute, il est devenu vice-champion du monde junior.

En 2004, il est entré dans le grand bain professionnel, avec un nouvel entraîneur, Eric Winogradsky, qui est encore à ses côtés. Les choses ont bien commencé, mais l'année 2005 a viré au cauchemar. Victime d'une hernie discale, le jeune homme doit s'arrêter de jouer. Sans savoir si sa carrière est déjà finie, avant d'avoir vraiment commencé. Pour sa mère, "ces blessures ne sont pas arrivées par hasard. On lui a fait faire trop de musculation, trop jeune. A un moment, ça craque". Il avait pourtant prévenu. "Il disait "ça suffit", mais on continuait à lui en demander plus, poursuit sa mère. Nous, ses parents, nous nous sommes sentis indignes de ne pas l'avoir écouté, de ne pas avoir insisté auprès de ses entraîneurs. On a compris à ce moment-là qu'on est les seuls à n'être intéressés que par son bien-être. Pour les autres, il est un capital."

L'année 2008 aura donc, enfin, été celle de l'éclosion. Son corps est encore souvent récalcitrant, mais il balaie les interrogations de ceux qui craignent que sa carrière ne puisse s'écrire autrement qu'en pointillés. "La blessure fait partie du sport de haut niveau", veut-il croire.

L'année 2008 aura aussi été celle d'une révélation. Pour la première fois, il est allé à la rencontre de son grand-père, à Pointe-Noire, en République du Congo. "La guerre n'a pas permis de faire le voyage plus tôt", dit Evelyne. "Lorsque tu es 200e mondial, tu ne prends jamais le temps, complète son fils. Tu as toujours l'impression que le prochain tournoi est celui qui va te lancer. Après l'Open d'Australie, je me suis dit : "C'est maintenant"." Il explique, avec le même ton détaché qu'à l'accoutumée : "Là-bas, j'ai compris beaucoup de choses. Pourquoi, parfois, je suis comme ça sur le terrain, un peu euphorique, excentrique. Pourquoi je danse lorsque j'écoute de la musique..."

Qui est finalement le vrai Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ? L'extraverti des courts, qui vient de s'acheter un coupé de luxe, ou l'introverti qui roulait avant cela dans la toute petite voiture de sa soeur ? " Cette ambivalence, c'est Jo. Il a toujours été un garçon très réservé, observateur. Le sport a été son moyen de s'extérioriser", raconte sa mère. Pour elle, le secret de son charisme tient en un mot, l'empathie : "Il est attentif aux autres, même s'il est dans sa bulle. Nous sommes une famille qui a foi en l'homme. Sur les courts, il sent l'effet qu'il fait au public et il aime ça." A l'attaque de la saison 2009, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga affiche un sourire gourmand.



What shocked me most is what his mother said :
Things went smoothly at first but 2005 turned to a nightmare. Because of a slipped disk (hernie discale en anglais, quelqu'un ?), the young man has to stop playing, without knowing if his career was already over before it even started. For his mother, "those injuries didn't happen by chance. People made him go through endless bodybuilding hours, when he was too young. At some point, the body breaks. He told them "I can't take it anymore", but they kept asking more and more. We, his parents, felt guilty to have not listened to him, to have not insisted much towards his coaches. We understood then that we are the only ones to care about his well-being and his happiness. For the others, he's a capital."

Scary.



And I always love when he's speaking about Africa and what it means to him. Because of the war, he wasn't able to go to Congo sooner, and then he was 200th in the world and there always was another tournament to play, and maybe that tournament would be "the" tournament where he becomes something big... After the AO, he told himself "it's now." "When I was there, I understood a lot of things. Why I am the way I am on the court, why I sometimes am a bit euphoric, eccentric. Why I dance while listening to some kind of music..."

I myself love Africa and always felt there was something special there that you can't find in any other place. It must be a great feeling to feel like you belong to such a beautiful country.



Completely unrelated, but I love the fact that a half-White, half-Black player (can we say "metis" in English ?) is the one who won the tournament of South Africa, which was for so long torn apart by the apartheid :) Jo, once more :worship:



edit : forgot the link : http://www.lemonde.fr/archives/article/2009/01/21/jo-wilfried-tsonga-colosse-fragile_1144692_0.html

lisaplenske
02-24-2009, 10:42 AM
an interview of jo on l'Equipe.fr

"Ready to be among the great"http://www.lequipe.fr/Xml/Tennis/Titres/Media/220209_tsonga_conf_272.jpg

In fifteen days, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has boosted its record of two new titles with Marseille and Johannesburg. This victory at the Open 13 for Manceau represents a new stage, where he shows consistency in performance and demonstrates its ability to transcend the difficulty. Faced with an excellent and Michaël Llodra after personal concerns, he won the fourth title of his career and himself as the boss of the French team.

"Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, what will you remember this tournament of Marseille?
Much joy, laughter, a great victory and a job well done. I keep also in mind when there was a very hot crowd against Novak (Djokovic in the semi-finals). Since the beginning of my early career, I noticed that there were still milestones for juniors in the Futures and Challengers. Tennis, it works a little step by step and makes the experience very much. It should unlock some things and learn. Sometimes we miss a few steps, but I learn every time in moments a little difficult.

What have you learned in Marseille?
I learned that I was able to win tournaments like this regularly, I was able to beat one of the best players in the world and I was ready to be part of the great.

In this final, how do you explain the very tight first set?
I explain it by the super level of play of my opponent. It surprised me a lot in the first set. Beyond serving and Volleyball, I knew he could do, he played very well from the back of the court.

"I play a lot, I work much less and I feel that I preserve myself"


in what Michaël Llodra is a difficult player to handle?

I do not know many players who play very well against Mika, he dictates the game Still, I made a very good match. Against Mika, you can not necessarily be let go, there are not many exchanges, the game is always a little chopped, one must be very concentrated and it is played often on a strike ball. I still played very well, I returned very well, I've put a lot pressure. Despite his services, I have always returned, he always had to play volleys and half-stolen even though it was very good, and in the end, I won in two sets. I think I made a very good game despite the level of play from Mika and conditions.

You have played a lot since the beginning of the season. How do you manage to avoid physical injuries?
I work a little less. Since I play a lot, I work much less and I feel that I preserve myself. I do really basic things. I was injured regularly, so I want to find solutions, I try everything that is possible.

You often come to you transcend the difficulty. How do you explain that?
I love my sport. Whenever I play, I forget everything that is outside and I concentrate on the fact of giving the maximum of myself. When I have problems, it gives me even greater motivation. It's a little loophole to play my tennis and to forget what happens next. "

Interview by Sophie Dorgan, Marseille

reggie1
02-24-2009, 10:44 AM
Thanks Amira xx

SelvenluvJo
02-24-2009, 02:33 PM
thanks!

Truc
03-01-2009, 09:05 AM
An article in the JDD today about the business aspect:
http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/9135/tsongarapportegros.th.jpg (http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/9135/tsongarapportegros.jpg)

Tess Gray
03-01-2009, 11:57 AM
Merci bien Fran!

Interesting article... :)

Fifteenlove
03-01-2009, 07:56 PM
Great article, he seems to be a really nice person to hang around with!

reggie1
03-01-2009, 08:51 PM
Thanks Fran xx

SelvenluvJo
03-02-2009, 06:02 AM
thanks but I don't know the mean....

Turquoise
03-03-2009, 07:54 AM
Hi SelvenluvJo, I've worked on a translation for your benefit. Truc/McArthur please correct me where I've mistranslated :wavey:


Since his explosive results at the 2008 Australian Open, various sponsors have been knocking at Jo’s door. Quite a number have been rejected, including an automobile constructor – the kind of offer that one would rarely refuse. Two firms have nevertheless secured his signature:

1) Tropicana: – Approaching Roland Garros, Jo’s effigy will prominently appear in supermarkets on packs of Tropicana fruit juices. His brand will supercede the glamour of Maria Sharapova.

2) The video games company, Electronic Arts – Jo will feature on the cover of its new video game: “Grand Slam Tennis” and will publicise the game in TV commercials. *The contract with Electronic Arts is the equivalent of those signed with Tony Parker, Karim Benzema and Franck Ribéry. The chief, Antoine Cohet, is very pleased at Jo’s involvement and has high hopes of his new ambassador. He said that Jo tested the game and once he learned how to play with his onscreen persona, he was hooked.


Even if Jo is not the highest-ranked national player (Simon and Monfils have overtaken him on ATP rankings), he has the most bankable element. His agent, Morgan Menahem explains that he has numerous qualities that attract sponsors: he wins matches, he is likeable, he has charisma, and is well-educated. Jo understands that what is rare is more expensive. *He wants to filter solicitations to the minimum as opposed to becoming a "sandwich-man". In 2008, Jo nonetheless amassed EUR1.5 million in prize money – more than sponsorship revenues of EUR600,000 mainly from his equipment/clothing sponsors Adidas and Wilson, as well at the chocolate manufacturer Ferrero.

Economic crisis or not, his sponsorship revenues will be increased this year, with the inclusion of two new sponsors and revision of contract with Ferrero. His contract with Ferrero was extended for 3 years in the wake of his success at Bercy last November, and the terms were more than doubled. Frédéric Thil, the Director General said that they gambled on Jo even before he fully realised his talent and they have not regretted it. It was a great opportunity at the time. Since then, Jo’s TV commercials have produced excellent rewards for them. He not only revitalized sales but has had a very strong impact on how the consumer perceives the product. They appreciate his style as well as his substance. Thil noted in particular how Jo is the first sports personality who actually calls him and takes an interest in their affairs. When he’s in Paris, he drives himself to the head office in Rouen. He makes the rounds of offices, signs autographs. He’s considered as one of their own.

He’s also the darling of the public, not just the French. “Two tournament directors were present at Marseille and made Jo their priority” observed Jean-François Caujolle, the boss at Open 13, where the Manceau triumphed. Jo is now in the elite group of tennis players who can attract substantial appearance fees – around EUR150,000. Only Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray can claim higher fees. Caujolle says that he did not have to pay as much as EUR150,000 for Jo in Marseille, but that’s mainly because they negotiated a 2-year agreement in 2008. Having said that, Caujolle says that he gave much more to Jo than to Djokovic for example. He said: “Jo is “Noah power 2”. The public adore him and he’s brought me much more than he’s cost me.” In brief, with Jo, money is happily and well spent.

MacArthur
03-03-2009, 08:38 AM
You are great as always, Turquoise :worship:

I am such a lazy bum for never spending enough time on translations :o

Just one point : I think he has a contract with Electronic Art of a same amount than those of Parker, Benzema and Ribéry, but not combined. It's just a way for the journalist to stress out that he is as popular and bankable as them.

On Jo's part, we can obviously see that he doesn't want to become a "sandwich-man". He is filtering the sollicitations to the minimum.
Also, Fran posted the first mag of a french channel on the "musqueteers" ( here : http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=139434 ), where he said it was a kind of dream come true for him to heve his own player in a video game ( :) ).

Turquoise
03-03-2009, 09:30 AM
Many thanks MacArthur :hug: You're very right about Electronic Art - I re-read it and realised my mistake. The "homme-sandwich" I wasn't very sure, but I suspected he was being selective about the brands he represents

SelvenluvJo
03-04-2009, 12:57 AM
Turquoise,thank you!!you are so nice haha

Truc
03-04-2009, 08:10 AM
Thanks a lot, Turquoise, great job!
Here is the article about the Jo-Noah comparison today in L'Equipe, but I can't translate it, Selven, sorry!

Turquoise
03-04-2009, 12:25 PM
I'll see what I can do tonight, at least translate the gist of the article. The comparisons are interesting and good reading. Thanks Truc!

lisaplenske
03-04-2009, 12:43 PM
Jo deserves so much what's happening to him.I'm happy for his endorsements but not because he's getting rich,getting much cash but especially because he represents so many positive things in France but also worldwide.
Merci Fran:wavey:

reggie1
03-04-2009, 01:36 PM
Yes, Jo is a great ambassador for France and for the sport.
Turquoise that was really nice of you to do that. Thank you so much
:worship:

Turquoise
03-05-2009, 06:59 AM
You're all very welcome -my pleasure :)

Here's Part I

NOAH-TSONGA, THE FALSE TWINS

Comparison between the 1983 Roland Garros champion and the 2008 Australian Open finalist who possess two different temperaments beyond the norm:

10 days ago at Marseille, Tsonga declared that he wanted to top the awards’ list of French players of the modern era. This week, although he’s classed No. 3 national player as per the ATP rankings, he will lead the Davis Cup team. There are inevitable comparisons with Yannick Noah, the first mixed-race champion and French tennis emblem for the past 30 years (his first victory was in 1978).

To make hasty comparisons would be erroneous. “Jo is not Yann, Jo is Jo” asserts his coach, Éric Winogradsky. He is right.

The following individuals, who knew Yannick intimately as a player and who are also now in contact with Jo were consulted:
-Patrice Beust, first coach of Noah when he took tennis studies in Nice in 1970’s
-Patrice Hagelauer, his coach throughout most of his career;
-Henri Leconte, Thierry Tulasne, Guy Forget – his “little brothers” but back then, his rivals;
-Cédric Pioline, who knew him mostly as Captain;
- Éric Winogradsky, fellow player of Noah and nowadays Tsonga’s coach.

Their verdict is clear: between the Tsonga of today and the Noah of 23 years ago, there are many points in common, but just as many differences.


THE ORIGINS – FORMATION

Biggest point in common lies in their origins:

-both are born of mixed-race couples;
-French mother, African father: Zacharie Noah is Camerounian, Didier Tsonga is Congolese, both came to France for the sport;
-Zacharie Noah played in the great Sedan team that was victorious in the French Cup in 1961. Didier Tsonga was an international handballer who later pursued higher studies;
-The sports fibre runs in both families. Enzo, Tsonga’s brother plays basketball in Pro A. Joakim, Noah’s son, plays for the NBA;
-both were born in a town of provincial France: Noah on 16 Mai 1960 in Sedan; Tsonga on 17 April 1985 at Le Mans almost two years after Noah won at Roland Garros;
-both moved up through the FFT: high school of tennis studies, training at federal level, personal coach granted by the federation. Noah left the cocoon of the federation after winning his grand slam. At 23 years, Tsonga stays with FFT.

Biggest difference is in their itineraries:

-Tsonga has never left France. He learned to play tennis at Coulaines, in his club in the suburbs of Le Mans, and at 13 years, made a gradual transition to the tennis high school.
-Noah, aged 3 years, left for Yaoundé (Cameroon) with his parents. He thus spent his early childhood with his paternal grandfather. It was in Africa that Arthur Ashe discovered him whilst playing an exhibition tournament. At 12 years, he left his family to study tennis in Nice.
-Tsonga only went to Conga for the first time 11 months ago. “Yannick has stronger roots in Africa” says Éric Winogradsky. “Jo made the acquaintance of his grandfather only last year.”

Turquoise
03-05-2009, 06:59 AM
Part II

THE PLAYER

The panther and the boxer

Some technical views:

Patrice Beust: He had just been reviewing the final of 1983 Roland Garros Noah- Wilander for a coaching seminar. He said that Yannick’s forehand was not very aggressive and he had a “chipped” backhand. He thinks that Jo has a more solid all-round game on all surfaces.

Henri Leconte: Although Yannick had limited technique, what he achieved was exceptional. His strengths were his serve, his physique, his mental state, his backhand slice and…. he’s a panther at the net. Jo is nothing like him.

Patrice Hagelauer (expert of experts of Noah’s game): Noah was very attack-oriented at the net. Jo can go to the net, but he attacks better from the baseline. Both possess a huge serve, with power and variation. Jo has a huge forehand, which Yannick did not possess. Jo has a two-handed backhand; Yannick used his sliced backhand to allow him to approach the net. Finally, Yannick was a great volleyer, almost impassable, and lured the ball to him. Jo makes volley approaches to finish the points. Jo is however a better returner than Noah, especially on the backhand side.

Hagelauer: They’re both strong defensively, with a very good vision of the game, great mobility. Physically, they have speed in common. The way Jo moves on the court, his drop shots, reminds me of Yannick. Yann expended a lot of physical energy, no ball was impossible to reach. Jo is similar in that regard. So much physical effort cost Yannick dearly in terms of injuries, and like Jo, often played only 6 months in a year. I hope that I don’t bring Jo bad luck by saying that.

Not just the physical qualities, but the way they exploit them:

Thierry Tulasne: Both have this ability to generate confidence in their work. Yannick built up his confidence in pain and effort, by preparing himself better than the others. Jo is also like that. Perhaps that’s what has cost him: he sometimes over-stresses the engine.

Attitude wise:

Cédric Pioline: They are players who communicate a lot with the public. They have the presence, and solicit so much energy from the crowd. All this has an undeniable effect on the opponent. When Jo plays well, when he has the mind of a boxer, he has the ability to impose his will on the opponent, just like Yannick did.


THE MAN

Guy Forget: The main similarity lies in their mix of gentleness and force of character. What’s most striking is the softness and calmness of tone of voice, at odds with their extrovert qualities on the court.

Off the court, Jo is much calmer. Noah always wanted to party, surrounded by his group of people. Jo wants a quieter life, Yannick was much more extravagant.

Is the different era to blame?

Henri Leconte: It’s hard to compare, for what we saw of Yannick was when he was already at the top. Jo, he’s just starting. Yannick, he was the first mixed-race French sportsman to be so much in the media spotlight. He was the first to go out with top models. To drive a Ferrari. To appear on a variety of shows. The first time that he appeared on TV, that he sang, he wore dreadlocks; that was unheard of at that time! The external pressures spoilt his life. Because at that time, tennis had more prominence. He was a star. I have the impression that Jo is going through emotional experiences of lesser impact. Yannick had more excesses in the way he trained, in his personal life. But he opened many doors.

Does Tsonga, methodical and wise, resemble Llendl more than Noah deep within?

Winogradsky: He’s somewhere in the middle. But he also has his rebellious side, for he doesn’t want to do like the others. Even if he doesn’t go on wild sprees, a big party from time to time does him a lot of good. But he knows his limits.

Hagelauer: Although they have an aggressive nature, they have this real joy of sharing, of sincerity. Also, they have this way of communicating with a smile. Yannick always told me: “Victory is important, but the most important, it’s what we do with it.” The joy of sharing with others, with family, coach, team, that was more important than the victory and especially the cheque. What I like about Jo is that he also shares.

Winogradsky: It’s Jo’s desire to be of use to his father’s country or elsewhere through charitable acts, similar to what Noah has done (Noah create “Les Enfants de la Terre” and “Fête de Mur”). Jo still has years ahead of him to achieve that.

Another difference:
When Noah emigrated, he went to United States.
Jos needs tranquillity, says Winogradsky. He needs calm, he needs to be surrounded by green scenery. His appartment is in Switzerland, it faces a field of cows, and that’s not by accident.

Turquoise
03-05-2009, 07:00 AM
Part III

THE LEADER

Cédric Pioline (twice grand slam finalist, 1996 Davis Cup champion): They are both leaders. Yannick, we know him already. Jo, we see that in his attitude, in his statements, that he’s a leader. He does it in a good way. A leader is a driving force and promotes belief in others.

Tulasne: They both have natural charisma. But it helps that they feel strong physically. They have no sense of timidity.

Hagelauer: Mentally, they transcend pressure. Jo loves the challenge. In such moments, he has no fear of anyone. Yannick is also like that. He said: “I only play to play in the finals.”

Winogradsky echoes that sentiment in Jo: Most of the time, when Jo does not make the final, he says: “I have not come here to make the initial rounds, or even the semi-finals.”

The most marked difference between them lies in their ambition:

Patrice Beust: Jo gives the impression of having a constant ambition: of being number one. Yannick’s ambition was limited to specific goals, like winning Roland Garros. When he applied himself, he delved deep.

Patrice Hagelauer confirmed this: After his victory, a lot of things changed. The motivation fluctuated. Also, he needed to take a breather.

Henri Leconte: The fact that Jo was injured so young and for such a long time means that tennis is now a bonus. He had to start the hard way. I think that he’s less bothered by external influences than Yannick. He’s more open, more joyous.

CONCLUSION

Brothers, yes.
Twins, no.

Born after Noah’s victory at Roland Garros, Tsonga never modelled himself on the best French player of the modern era. The times, now more demanding, the competition more professional, would never permit him to do so. The only thing that he’s knowingly imitated of his predecessor is the “smiley” in his autographs. One common ground that both men share is their generosity, in their effort and in their emotions.

At Tsonga’s age, at 23 years and 10 months, Noah had just won Roland Garros. He was propelled to star status in French sports and already raised questions over his future, to the point that he finished 1983 in a state of depression. His professional career had started five years earlier. That of Tsonga’s was only launched 2½ years ago. The future belongs to him.

Månu
03-05-2009, 08:55 AM
wow great job!

reggie1
03-05-2009, 01:31 PM
Wow thanks Turquoise, really appreciative of your hard work and you are really good at the translating, you translate it really well for a native english speaker to understand. I often use google translate as my French is not that great and it's awful so thank you once again :worship:
I've heard Jo say in interviews that he likes nature. I don't remember an awful lot about Noah (just that he was handsome, charismatic and had great hair!) so the comparisons between him and Jo are a good read. :)

oranges
03-05-2009, 03:18 PM
Turquoise :worship: :worship: :worship: :smooch:

MacArthur
03-05-2009, 03:36 PM
You really are too awesome for us, Turquoise :worship:

I wanted to give you some rep again, but I need to spread around before :sad:

reggie1
03-05-2009, 09:39 PM
I know the good rep thing is a real pain, you should be able to rep who you want when you want! Also if you do it too much generally it then tells you that you have done too much good repping in a 24 hour period. So annoying as I would have good rep'd you again too Turquoise :worship:

Turquoise
03-06-2009, 03:49 AM
Wow, thanks for your wonderful praise! It's really no trouble, I enjoy doing it especially for guys like you. There are obviously mistakes here and there, but I'm glad that you get the general gist of the article.

SelvenluvJo
03-06-2009, 01:22 PM
Turquoise:hug::hug::hug:

lilibel13
03-10-2009, 12:21 AM
Merci tout le monde de nous tenir au courant ;)!!!!

Well jo is at the one of l'equipe mag if nobody have it i can post it ;)

Here some pages of it
http://www.lequipemag.fr/EquipeMag/Mag/flip/index_flip.html

And jo give an ITW in FHM BIONIC (read on purepeople) , it 's a bonus of the french fhm at this moment , i only that he says that he likes brunette's girls but like....blond beer :lol:
So if somoene have a bf ,brother or a husband who read this mag it will be gentle from to post it if you can :wavey:

SelvenluvJo
03-10-2009, 04:22 AM
merci lili~~~

krn81
03-11-2009, 08:13 AM
I dont know if this news was given before.
Published this morning on L'Equipe, Jo will represent France for the world cup in Dusseldorf from the 17th to the 23rd of May.
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090310_121254_tsonga-en-sera.html

MacArthur
03-11-2009, 10:28 AM
I saw that this morning but I am waiting for all of his calendar during the clay season to be published to put it up in a new thread.

I find it strange to be honest. It's a 250 equivalent and he is full for that kind of tournament. Plus it's just before RG. I also know that he will be at Barcelona too. We'll see...

amdany
03-12-2009, 09:18 AM
you can vote for your favorite player:angel:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/1/en/awards/default.asp

SelvenluvJo
03-12-2009, 04:39 PM
you can vote for your favorite player:angel:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/1/en/awards/default.asp

I voted~~~~~:angel:

SelvenluvJo
03-12-2009, 04:40 PM
I saw that this morning but I am waiting for all of his calendar during the clay season to be published to put it up in a new thread.

I find it strange to be honest. It's a 250 equivalent and he is full for that kind of tournament. Plus it's just before RG. I also know that he will be at Barcelona too. We'll see...

I agree with you Mac

Keijan
03-16-2009, 04:08 PM
I found a good article here : http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article5705094.ece

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats insult and injury

February 11, 2008/Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent, Rotterdam

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga asked for a translation of énervé. “I think that I am annoyed in the moment when other players aren’t annoyed and I am happy when other players aren’t happy,” he said. If you thought he was discussing the subject that has convulsed leader pages and opinion pieces in the 12 days since Carol Thatcher dropped the G-word, you could not be more mistaken. Tsonga is more of a man than that.

The 23-year-old Frenchman insists that he will not dignify the remarks said to have been made by the former Prime Minister’s daughter with a response. His nature, one that has lit up every tennis court he has ever stepped upon, is to smile in the face of life, gratuitous insults especially. “We simply wish to let this die slowly and move on to bigger and better things,” Morgan Menahem, his manager, said.

Bigger and better as in his victory in the SA Open in Johannesburg on Sunday, a celebration of the ATP Tour’s return to South Africa after 13 years that was cheered to the rafters. Tsonga visited Soweto, the infamous township, where they chaired him in their hundreds; he was the only player to need transport to the interview room because the throng was so enormous. He loved “being home”.

This time last year, after reaching the final of the Australian Open, in which he lost to Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, he made his first visit to his 82-year-old grandfather in Congo-Brazzaville. “I got off the plane and the temperature was perfect; the smell, it was just so special,” Tsonga recalled yesterday. “Yes, I felt more comfortable there than anywhere else in the world. It was very important for me to know where I come from.”

Even 12 months on, his emotions bubble just under the surface. “It was my origin, my family,” he said. Asked in what kind of home his grandfather lived, Tsonga said: “Not so much a house, more like a case. I can buy him a house, give him a house, but he didn’t want [that]. When you see that, you understand what it is that I am, how I am as a person.”

Few players let you know what they are thinking more vividly than Tsonga, whose trademark salute is to dance across the court jabbing his thumbs behind his back, as if pointing at an invisible name on his shirt. It says, “This is me” - in this case, the me is a devoted elder son of Didier and Evelyne, both teachers, who scrimped and saved so that he could travel the world. “They gave up everything for me, everything,” he said.

Tsonga built on the raw talent that first came to the attention in the boys’ singles at the 2003 French Open, when he defeated David Brewer, from Scotland, of whom little has been seen since, and reached the semi-finals.

Even then, crowds lived his performances. “Maybe it is because I show all my sentiments on the court and the people know they are true,” he said. “Others players are not always like that.” When he triumphed in the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris Bercy in November to qualify for his first Masters Cup, he remembers having told those closest to him that he would be “ready for this tournament - not before, not after, just for this”. So what will happen next? “Oh, I don’t know that,” he said with a smile.

Perhaps a year without an injury will allow the world No 13 to deliver on the entirety of his talents. He could not walk when last year’s Wimbledon final was being played after an operation to remove half the meniscus from his right knee, and that came on top of shoulder, back and abdominal problems that have hindered his progress. “But they have given me more experience of life,” Tsonga said, “and that is what tennis is: a school of life.

“It teaches you to have respect for the rules, respect for your opponent, respect for the crowd, respect for the traditions of the sport. It is why I love Wimbledon so much, you walk around it and you feel the history. I feel very content there. And the same is true of Paris. I know it used to be that French players worried about playing in front of the French people, but that has changed. Not just in my case but [Gaël] Monfils and [Gilles] Simon, they feel the same.”

Asked about his happiest moment on a tennis court, he said: “My first year at Bercy, I served so hard that it knocked the racket right out of the hands of Mario Ancic. He still held on to the grip but the rest of the racket was gone.” And the saddest? “I sincerely cannot remember ever being sad on a tennis court,” he said. Which is something that really ought to be said about him.

xhr75019
03-16-2009, 04:31 PM
Thx Marion. Nice piece.

MacArthur
03-18-2009, 05:34 PM
He has given an interview on his official website just after his defeat in Indian Wells :


Jo-Wilfried, le Masters Series d’Indian Wells s’arrête au 3e tour…

Ce n’est pas suffisant. C’est toujours une désillusion de rater un grand événement. Les Masters Series ont pris une place importante dans le calendrier. J’aurais aimé faire quelque chose de mieux ici mais je ne vais pas tout remettre en cause parce que j’ai perdu au 3e tour. Il reste encore de nombreux tournois à disputer au cours de la saison. Andreev a très bien joué, il était très à l’aise dans des conditions de jeu où le rebond est très haut et le balle très lourde. De mon côté, je n’ai pas réalisé un très bon match. Je n’ai pas eu beaucoup de réussite dans les moments importants. Et pour ne rien arranger, je n’étais pas au top de ma forme.

Tu n’en as pas parlé mais tu connais un problème allergique depuis ton arrivée à Indian Wells.

Oui et je ne veux surtout pas m’en servir comme excuse. De nombreux joueurs connaissent ce problème ici. Le vent transporte du sable provenant du désert et apparemment, ça ne me réussit pas. Je ne sais pas si ça me pompe du jus mais je ne suis pas au top. J’espère me remettre très rapidement pour être en forme à Miami.

La Coupe Davis est-elle encore présente dans ta tête ?

Nous sommes éliminés et je ne peux plus rien y faire. Mais c’est vrai que cette rencontre face à la République Tchèque a un peu d’influence sur mon tennis. J’ai beaucoup joué, j’ai pas mal voyagé. On peut aussi imaginer que la Coupe Davis te donne un stress supplémentaire. Dans le tennis d’aujourd’hui, le calendrier est tellement chargé que celui qui arrive à gérer le mieux les avant-matches l’emporte.

Quel va être ton programme dans les jours à venir ?

J’ai fait venir mon préparateur physique, Cyril Brechbuhl, pour travailler entre les deux tournois. J’ai besoin de me retaper et de souffler un peu. Cette petite coupure va me faire du bien.

A little translation :
He is not satisfied with his defeat there. He recognises the good match of andreiev, but stress out that the game conditions and his own form wasn't really good either. It's the desert's sand conveyed by the wind in indian wells who causes him his allergy problem. He also say that the DC and his numerous trip since the beginning of the season have taken their mark on him. But he is going to rest and to work his condition at maximum speed during this little forced break to be ready for Miami.

Good work, Jo :)

reggie1
03-18-2009, 06:00 PM
Thank you Marion and Benoit :worship: I noticed how he left out Richard in his statement about the French players being pleased to play in front of French crowds. :o how poetic!

Turquoise
03-19-2009, 06:43 AM
Thanks for the articles, they're always a pleasure to read :)

To elaborate on MacAthur’s translation re: Indian Wells:

He’s really disappointed he hasn’t done better at such a big event, recognizing that the Masters Series events have such an important place in the calendar. But it’s not the end of the world that he’s lost in the 3rd round. There will be many tournaments to play during the season. He acknowledged that Andreev played really well, he was more comfortable in the conditions where the bounce is very high and the ball very heavy. On his side, he doesn’t think he played a good match and didn’t play the big points well. He wasn’t in top form either.

Although he hadn’t spoken about it, he had a problem with allergies since his arrival at Indian Wells...

Yes, but he doesn’t want to use this as an excuse. Quite a number of players were experiencing the same problem. Apparently, the desert sand transported by the wind has an adverse effect of him, causing the allergies. He hopes to quickly get himself back in form for Miami.

About the Davis Cup after-effects:

Having been eliminated from the Davis Cup, there’s nothing else he can do. He admits that the Davis Cup encounter with the Czech Republic has had an effect on his tennis: he’s played a lot, he’s travelled a lot, and there’s additional stress of playing the Davis Cup itself. He reckons that players who better manage the packed tennis calendar have a better chance of winning.

His programme in the next few days:

He’s sent for his physical trainer, Cyril Brechbuhl to help him over the two tournaments. He needs to rehabilitate himself. This little forced break before Miami will do him good.

MacArthur
03-19-2009, 11:55 AM
Thanks as always, chère Turquoise !

reggie1
03-19-2009, 02:25 PM
Thank you Turquoise.
It will do him good to have a rest.

SelvenluvJo
03-19-2009, 03:39 PM
Thank you Turquoise. ~~~

Turquoise
03-20-2009, 06:28 AM
You're all welcome :)

Truc
03-23-2009, 02:48 PM
Well jo is at the one of l'equipe mag if nobody have it i can post it ;)I'm still looking for it, I regularly check the "Media Center" on his official website, but they don't seem to upload the articles of "L'Equipe Magazine" - which are the most difficult ones to find, unfortunately, I really don't get why they can't sell the magazine abroad or online.
Does anybody know where I can find it? I still haven't found the article of last year "La métamorphose de Tsonga" either, I don't know if it was of any interest.

Keijan
03-23-2009, 05:35 PM
Tiens tu postes chez Jo aussi Fran ?

You're probably won't be able to find it. I think they drew a certain amount of papers and don't print them again, it's not like Tennis mag.

I had bought l'équipe mag, but it's at my parents now. It was cute, but nothing really new. I'll scan it in a few days when I visit them.

amdany
03-23-2009, 05:54 PM
Tiens tu postes chez Jo aussi Fran ?

You're probably won't be able to find it. I think they drew a certain amount of papers and don't print them again, it's not like Tennis mag.

I had bought l'équipe mag, but it's at my parents now. It was cute, but nothing really new. I'll scan it in a few days when I visit them.

Fran poste ici depuis bien longtemps que nous toutes (tous), je crois que je l'ai "rencontré" sur ce forum d'ailleurs;)

there was nothing new on l'équipe mag, I had it but I don't have a scanner anymore:sad:

Keijan
03-23-2009, 06:10 PM
Ah ok, je l'ignorais.
Oui mais je crois qu'il y avait quelques jolies photos non ?

Truc
03-23-2009, 06:52 PM
Je poste partout!

I thought maybe you knew a fansite or another website where a scan was already posted. I only know Cécile's website and the official one.
I'll ask on the official website, since they put up all the other articles from L'Equipe.
But you all seem to say it was not very interesting anyway.

amdany
03-23-2009, 08:39 PM
Ah ok, je l'ignorais.
Oui mais je crois qu'il y avait quelques jolies photos non ?

oui les photos étaient très belles!:D surtout la page de couv!

http://www.lequipe.fr/EquipeMag/Mag/flip/flip_20090307.html

Truc
03-23-2009, 08:43 PM
The pics are on Corinne Dubreuil's website:
http://www.corinnedubreuil.com/GALERIES/PARUTIONS2009/index.html
http://www.corinnedubreuil.com/GALERIES/TSONGA-MAG09/index.html

Fifteenlove
03-24-2009, 08:16 PM
The pics are on Corinne Dubreuil's website:
http://www.corinnedubreuil.com/GALERIES/PARUTIONS2009/index.html
http://www.corinnedubreuil.com/GALERIES/TSONGA-MAG09/index.html

OH thanks a lot :D it's a shame we can't read it though...

reggie1
03-24-2009, 09:28 PM
Thanks Fran, he is very photogenic.

I Love Tsonga
03-24-2009, 11:59 PM
Tanxs Man

Keijan
03-25-2009, 01:21 AM
French tennis superstar and professional Cassius Clay look-a-like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga caused absolutely no controversy at all yesterday when he said Carol Thatcher looked like a "scruffy rag doll".

Tsonga was appearing on the unpopular French TV show 'Le Un Spectacle' along with fellow French tennis superstar Richard Gasquet when they were asked to team up together against members of the audience in a competition.

They were shown pictures of various people and were asked to guess who was the offspring of various world leaders past and present. The pair were going well when they correctly guessed the Bush twins but came unstuck when shown a picture of Mark and Carol Thatcher - It was at this point when Tsonga admitted he did not have a clue who the pair were but said "she looks like a scruffy rag doll my sister had when she was younger".

The real controversy in the show came when the pair again struggled, this time to identify a picture of Euan Blair - Gasquet said he did not know what world leader "would have a son who looks like a ferret with a bum fluff moustache". It was at this point another guest on the show - the rotund 'comedienne' Jeanne Brandiene walked out in apparent disgust.

Gasquet was unavailable for comment last night but his agent said the player had "no plans to apologise to any ferret".



I'm very ashamed to admit that this stupid article made me laugh out loud :haha:

http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s1i49009

SelvenluvJo
03-25-2009, 04:28 AM
wow great job!! guys

Turquoise
03-25-2009, 06:13 AM
Hilarious! :lol: Would have served Carol Thatcher right if Jo had said that for real.

Tess Gray
03-25-2009, 11:49 AM
Gasquet was unavailable for comment last night but his agent said the player had "no plans to apologise to any ferret".

:rolls: Good find Marion:lol:

lisaplenske
03-25-2009, 04:37 PM
thanks for the good laugh:drool:

amdany
03-25-2009, 06:40 PM
yep thanks for the artcile Marion:D

Fifteenlove
03-25-2009, 08:20 PM
LOL! for one second i thought it was for real :lol:

SelvenluvJo
03-26-2009, 11:11 AM
Jo gets the most improved award from 2008 ATP world tour award

http://www.atpworldtour.com/TENNIS/1/EN/AWARDS/2008WINNERS.ASP

Tess Gray
03-26-2009, 04:04 PM
:bigclap: Congratulations Jo, you deserve it!:)

reggie1
03-26-2009, 09:48 PM
That article is really funny Marion. Jo, I could believe having an ironic sense of humour but if Richie ever turned round and said something like that, I would think he had had a personality transplant!
Nice that Jo won that award. You are right Tess, he deserves it.

Turquoise
03-27-2009, 05:03 AM
Congratulations Jo on most improved player award for 2008. Very well deserved. :worship: :hatoff:

MacArthur
04-04-2009, 05:07 AM
A little article coming from his official website :

« Je peux y arriver »
Eliminé du tournoi de Key Biscayne, Jo-Wilfried va pouvoir préparer la saison sur terre battue avec un objecti

Jo-Wilfried, avez-vous des regrets après votre défaite en quarts de finale du tournoi de Miami contre Novak Djokovic ?

Bien sûr. Quand on arrive en quarts de finale, on a envie d’aller plus loin. On a déjà fait trois rencontres et on n’a pas envie d’avoir fait tout cela pour rien. Malheureusement, c’est le sport qui veut ça. Je m’arrête en quart, ça reste honnête, mais au vue de mes ambitions, je souhaitais mieux. Ça va me permettre de me remettre en question encore une fois.

Votre entraîneur, Eric Winogradsky, disait que votre jeu s’adaptait plus à la salle qu’à l’extérieur. Pouvez-vous nous expliquer ?

A l’extérieur, on a des trajectoires de balles changeantes dues au vent, à la lenteur de la surface. On ne peut pas jouer aussi agressif qu’en salle. On ne peut pas non plus jouer trop près des lignes. Ça m’est plus difficile de jouer mon offensif, puisque j’ai l’habitude de prendre beaucoup de risques.

Même si vous faites l’impasse sur Monte-Carlo, on vous imagine content de faire votre retour sur la terre battue…

Ça me fait très plaisir. J’attends ça depuis longtemps. L’année dernière, j’avais été déçu ne pas pouvoir jouer. Là, je suis en forme, j’espère le rester et pourquoi pas m’améliorer physiquement pour arriver avec beaucoup d’envie et de fraîcheur sur Roland-Garros.

Ça vous laisse deux semaines de break pour préparer Roland-Garros. Cette coupure était-elle importante ?

On arrive au tiers de la saison et j’ai déjà joué dix tournois. Si je continue comme ça, j’arrive à trente à la fin de la saison. Par rapport à la moyenne de huit, dix des saisons précédentes, ça fait beaucoup. Je dois faire attention et prendre le temps de me préparer. Mon jeu demande beaucoup d’efforts physiques et une grande préparation. Je vais tout faire pour être prêt sur terre battue.

Qu’attendez-vous de cette saison sur terre ?

J’ai envie de me prouver à moi-même que je peux y arriver. J’ai la conviction que je peux très bien jouer sur cette surface étant donné que j’ai fait mes premiers pas sur terre battue. Je suis capable de jouer sur terre. Je veux prouver à tout le monde que c’est important pour moi.

Roland-Garros est-il déjà dans un coin de votre tête ?

Oui ! Ça va être l’objectif sur terre. Je joue pour les grands évènements et le prochain à venir, c’est Roland. J’espère être au top.

D’autant que vous pouvez gagner des points au classement…

Tout à fait. On entre dans une période où je n’ai rien à perdre puisque je n’ai pas joué l’an passé à cette période de l’année. Je vais pouvoir y aller à fond.

MacArthur
04-04-2009, 05:13 AM
I don't have the time to translate everything, but just this one :

What are you waiting from this season on clay ?
I want to prove to myself that I can do it. I have the conviction that I can play very well on this surface, because I begun tennis on it. I want to prove it to everybody, it counts for me.

RG is his absolute goal !

SelvenluvJo
04-04-2009, 05:50 AM
allez Jo ^_^

lisaplenske
04-04-2009, 10:15 AM
he's right to skip monte carlo in order to prepare for clay. He played a lot according to his standards so he better take some rest and prepare for this surface he grew up on but played just a few matchs.

He looked quite disappointed with his loss at miami so I hope he'll get some good results on clay.
Prove himself he can play on it.

Turquoise
04-04-2009, 01:53 PM
Translation of above article from official website:


I can succeed

Having been eliminated in the tournament at Key Biscayne, Jo-Wilfried can now prepare for the clay season with an objective.

Q: Jo Wilfried, do have any regrets after your quarter-final defeat in the Miami tournament against Novak Djokovic?

Jo: Of course. When you reach the quarter-finals, you want to go further. Having passed three rounds, I don’t want to have done it all for nothing. Unfortunately, it’s the way of the sport. I come to a halt in the quarter-finals, it’s still a decent result, but in terms of my ambitions, I wish for better. This will allow me to re-examine myself once again.

Q: Your coach, Eric Winogradsky, said that your game adapts better indoors than outdoors. Can you explain?

Jo: Outdoors, the trajectories of the balls change due to the wind, and the slowness of the surface. One cannot play as aggressively as indoors, nor play too closely to the lines. It makes it more difficult for me to play my attacking game, as I usually take a lot of risks.

Q: Even if you’ve passed up Monte-Carlo, we presume you’re happy to come back to clay?

Jo: It's a big pleasure for me. I have waited for so long. Last year, I was disappointed at not being able to play. Now, I am in good shape, I hope to stay like this and why not improve physically in order to arrive at Roland-Garros with greater desire and freshness.

Q: This gives you a break of two weeks to prepare for Roland-Garros. Was this break important?

Jo: We have reached one third of the season, and already I have played ten tournaments. If I continue like this, I will have played thirty by the end of the season. Compared to average of eight to ten tournaments in previous seasons, that’s a lot. I have to take care and take time to prepare myself. My game requires much physical effort and big preparation. I will do everything I can to get ready for clay.

Q: What do you expect from this clay season?

Jo: I want to prove to myself that I can succeed there. I am convinced that I can play very well on this surface, given that I took my first tennis steps on clay. I can play on clay. I will prove to everyone that it counts for me.

Q: Is Roland-Garros already in the corner of your mind?

Jo: Yes! It will be the main goal of the clay season. I play for the big events and the next one is Roland Garros. I hope to reach the top.

Q: The more so as gaining more ranking points…

Jo: Exactly. We are now entering a phase where I have nothing to lose because I did not play during this period last year. I can therefore go very far.

SelvenluvJo
04-05-2009, 01:49 AM
Turquoise
thank you!

soulage
04-27-2009, 04:49 PM
A short interview in le parisien

http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/2339/44977069.jpg

MacArthur
04-28-2009, 06:58 AM
A really great article in l'équipe of today. Just a sample from their site :

Tsonga compte bien déjà une participation à Roland, mais c'était sur invitation en 2005 et il avait perdu d'entrée contre Roddick. Cette fois, il se présente bien mieux armé d'autant qu'il avoue aimer la terre battue : «C'est la surface de mon enfance, j'ai grandi là-dessus. Dans mon premier club à Coulaines (dans la périphérie du Mans), c'était sur de la terre battue que je prenais mes cours collectifs. Je jouais tout le temps avec les papys du club qui ne me faisaient que des amorties. Je prends du plaisir dès que je rejoue sur terre. En fait, la terre battue, j'adore ça. Quand je me réveille le matin et que je sais qu'il va y avoir de l'entraînement sur terre ce jour là, je suis comme un dingue. Je sais que je vais faire des glissades, qu'il va y avoir des beaux coups, de l'engagement physique.»

He also give us his results on clay when he was young : first title of france champion's in the junior category (minimes), europe champion's in the "cadet" category (against players like Berdych, Bagdhatis, Nadal,...), world titles by team too and his first ATP points on the pro circuit against Andreiev.

I am quite excited sudenly for his match today against Gasquet (fourth match on court number one in Rome) :) .

Turquoise
04-28-2009, 07:20 AM
You can sense his overwhelming desire to go back on clay at last, and to really try to do well.

For non-French speakers, here's a rough translation of above article in Le Parisien (courtesy of soulage):

After opting out of Monte-Carlo and pulling out of Barcelona, Jo has kickstarted his clay season by playing doubles with Julien Benneteau, then first singles match with Richard Gasquet the following day.

Asked why did he wait until Rome before resuming play, he explained that it was partly precautionary, but especially because he wants to do things properly. He doesn’t want to be ill-prepared only to lose to someone ranked 70th-100th in the world, who’s already had a few weeks acclimatization on clay. He wants to go in each tournament with the belief that he can go far.

For the first time, he will be able to attend a full clay season, which is certainly something new for him. He had a taste of it last year (Cassablanca), which was a bit frustrating. He sensed that he had the game, but he had to stop because of his knee injury. He has but one desire: to try his luck once again. The last time he played at Roland Garros was four years ago. He feels like it’s his first time, he feels like a kid, a bit like Christmas. He has no point of reference, it’s his first grand slam in France and he will (figuratively) jump head first.

What are his objectives for Rome or Madrid or are they stepping stones to Roland Garros? Roland Garros is of course an extra motivation for him, but he always has ambitions for whatever tournaments he plays – just give the best of himself and not think beyond that.

He explains that he plays for himself, and most importantly, that he can look at himself in the mirror at the end of a match. The important thing is feel good about himself. It will be quite easy to avoid all distractions before Roland Garros: no newspapers, no TV, and be well-rested before a match. The only question he will ask of himself is: “Will I be good?”

reggie1
04-28-2009, 09:15 AM
Thank you so much Turquoise :worship: I think he makes intelligent decisions about his career and you get the feeling that he is in control of it, not like one of the other players (whom shall remain nameless) that I root for! :tape:

DanaKz
04-28-2009, 01:18 PM
Thank you so much for translation!

SelvenluvJo
04-28-2009, 03:50 PM
thanks Turquoise for your translation!

SelvenluvJo
04-28-2009, 03:51 PM
by the way ,congratulations to Jo come back to top10

Keijan
04-28-2009, 03:57 PM
Ze big sexy interview :


"La terre, j'adore ça !"


On ne l’a plus vu en compétition depuis sa défaite en quarts de finale à Miami contre Novak Djokovic, au tout début du mois. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a pris le temps de recharger ses batteries et de s’adapter à la terre battue, en passant douze jours chez lui, en Suisse, puis une semaine à
Roland-Garros. Il entame aujourd’hui, face à Richard Gasquet, la première vraie saison de
sa carrière sur cette surface, persuadé de pouvoir y briller autant qu’ailleurs. Pour ses débuts hier au Foro Italico, il a, associé à Julien Benneteau, franchi le premier tour du double face à la paire britannique A. Murray- Hutchins. Il n’a plus qu’à se débrouiller seul en simple.

« PARMI LES JOUEURS de l’élite, vous êtes le dernier à démarrer votre saison sur terre battue. On est à moins d’un mois du coup d’envoi de Roland-Garros (24 mai-7 juin). Pourquoi ne pas avoir attaqué avant ?
– Avant, c’était sans doute un peu tôt. Pour faire un résultat à Roland-Garros, il fallait que je m’adapte à la terre. Doucement. Que je prenne du repos parce que j’avais beaucoup joué en début d’année. Que je retrouve aussi cette envie de jouer. Pour moi, c’était important de faire
une coupure entre ces deux saisons.

– Ça veut dire quoi, dans la bouche de Jo-Wilfried Tsonga “ faire un résultat à Roland-
Garros ” ?
– Pour moi, ça veut dire gagner des matches, aller le plus loin possible, me dire que je me suis battu, que j’ai fait ce que j’avais à faire, que j’ai perdu contre un mec beaucoup plus fort
que moi, si jamais je perds...

– Avant ce Masters 1000 de Rome, vous étiez inscrit la semaine dernière à Barcelone,
où vous avez déclaré forfait, davantage par précaution, à cause d’une douleur à un
genou. À la moindre petite alerte, compte tenu de votre passé, on semet à craindre une
rechute. Comprenez vous cette inquiétude ?
– Ça m’agace parce que c’est une image qui traîne. J’ai des petits problèmes comme Roger (Federer) au dos, comme Rafa (Nadal) au genou et, eux, on ne va pas dire qu’ils sont
fragiles physiquement... À Bercy, j’ai gagné quatre matches en trois sets sur six jours et à ce moment-là, on n’a pas dit que physiquement j’avais été bon. Comme en Coupe Davis, où
j’entendais que je ne pouvais pas jouer trois jours... “ Est-ce que physiquement il va être capable ? ”, c’est une interrogation qui revient souvent dans les articles sur moi. Alors
que moi, au contraire, je trouve que le physique est l’un de mes points forts.

– Sans vouloir vous contredire, on se rappelle qu’il y a deux ans, vous aviez délibérément
renoncé à disputer Roland-Garros en déclarant : “ Chaquefois que j’ai essayé de
reprendre sur terre, je me suis fait mal. ” C’est peut-être aussi pour ça qu’on peut s’inquiéter...
– Oui mais ça, c’est un peu passé. L’an dernier, ça s’est bien déroulé sur terre. Mon mal au genou n’est pas apparu à cause de la surface, il était déjà là. L’année d’avant, j’avais joué
des matches par équipes sur terre. Mais, en fait, ces dernières saisons, quand
la terre commençait, il se trouvait que je n’étais pas dans un super état de forme. Mais ça n’était pas forcément lié à la surface. Il m’est arrivé de me blesser juste avant le début de
la terre et, du coup, je trouvais ça trop dur de m’imaginer jouer longtemps sur terre.

– N’était-ce pas un crève-coeur de renoncer à Roland-Garros 2007 sans être blessé ?
– En fait, je préparais déjà la saison sur gazon. Je venais d’obtenir beaucoup de bons résultats sur dur, j’avais beaucoup donné et c’est pour ça qu’on avait décidé de ne pas disputer Roland. Mais pourtant c’est là, au CNE, que je me préparais. J’arrivais très tôt le matin à vélo et je ne
supportais pas quand la journée de matches avait commencé. J’avais un peu les boules de ne pas participer à la fête. Alors je partais aussi très tôt, dès l’entraînement terminé.

– Même si vous aviez été invité en 2005, avez-vous l’impression que, dans moins d’un mois, ça sera votre premier vrai Roland-Garros ?
– Oui, c’est un peu ça. C’est pour ça qu’il y a beaucoup d’excitation et d’envie. C’est la première fois que je pense avoir le niveau pour y jouer. En 2005 (défaite contre Roddick), ce
n’était pas encore ça... C’est la première fois que je vais vraiment défendre mes chances à Roland.

– Et cette terre battue, rassurez- nous, vous l’aimez ?
– C’est la surface de mon enfance, j’ai grandi là-dessus. Dans mon premier club à Coulaines (à la périphérie du Mans), c’était sur de la terre battue que je prenais mes cours collectifs. Je jouais tout le temps avec les papys du club qui ne me faisaient que des amorties. La terre battue, c’est mon premier titre de champion de France chez les jeunes, en minimes ; c’est mon titre de champion d’Europe cadets, où j’ai battu Berdych, Baghdatis, Nadal... La terre, c’est des titres de champion du monde par équipes. Mes premiers circuits pro, c’était aussi sur terre. J’avais battu Andreev, remporté mes premiers points ATP. On peut dire que ça fait des bons souvenirs.

– Certains disent que le vrai tennis, c’est sur terre battue que ça se passe. Quelles sont
vos sensations sur cette surface ?
– Je prends du plaisir dès que je rejoue sur terre. En fait, la terre battue, j’adore ça. Quand je me réveille le matin et que je sais qu’il va y avoir entraînement sur terre ce jour-là, je
suis comme un dingue. Je sais que je vais faire des glissades, qu’il va y avoir des beaux coups, de l’engagement. Sur dur, tu veux te livrer mais ça te fait mal. Là, c’est soft, les changements
de direction, ça glisse. J’ai envie de dire que je prends plus de plaisir sur terre que sur dur. Bon, sur gazon, je prends peut-être encore plus de plaisir...

– Allez-vous adopter un style de jeu différent sur terre ?
– Je vais beaucoup plus me décaler, c’est sûr. Je pourrai contourner quand la balle arrive sur mon revers et la prendre en coup droit, en mettant pas mal de lift. J’ai plus de temps
et je pourrai vraiment envoyer des “grosses” balles.

– Mais la terre n’est-elle pas la surface la plus difficile, compte tenu de votre jeu d’attaquant,
pour obtenir de grands résultats ?
– Eh bien, l’avenir nous le dira (sourire) Moi, j’y crois pour Roland parce que les matches en Grand Chelem, au meilleur des cinq manches, ça me correspond bien. Physiquement, je suis assez tonique. Mon jeu offensif, sur deux sets, me fait prendre pas mal de risques, mais sur un quatrième set, il va falloir courir sur un “boulard” que je vais envoyer. Va falloir que les gars courent assez longtemps et surtout qu’ils restent rapides assez longtemps.

– Vous expliquiez il y a quelques mois que l’une de vos idoles était Pat Rafter, le grand
attaquant australien vainqueur de l’US Open 1997 et 1998 mais aussi demi-finaliste à Roland-Garros en 1997. Pourrait- il être une source d’inspiration pour votre jeu sur terre ?
– En tout cas, je sais que je serai plus à l’aise pour faire service-volée sur terre que sur dur. J’aurai plus de temps pour arriver au filet. Le fait que des mecs comme Rafter, qui n’avaient pas forcément le jeu pour s’imposer sur terre mais qui étaient des bêtes physiques et qui aimaien))
les matches longs, ont réussi des trucs, me donne encore plus envie d’y croire.

– Croire que vous pouvez battre des grands spécialistes de cette surface, parexemple ?
– Ce défi, je me le suis lancé dans la mesure où j’ai envie de bien faire. Oui, j’ai envie de prouver des choses aux gens qui pensent que je ne suis pas capable de jouer sur terre. Mais j’ai
avant tout envie de me le prouver à moi-même.

– Vous êtes pour l’instant à Rome avec un premier match contre Richard Gasquet. Sur quoi allez-vous vous concentrer ? Vos sensations ? L’accoutumance à la surface en compétition ?
– Un seul objectif : la gagne. À Rome comme dans les autres tournois qui suivront. Ce qui va vraiment me faire progresser, c’est d e gagner des matches. C’est de là que viendra
la confiance. Et en tennis, ça prend beaucoup de place, la confiance.

– Il en faudrait beaucoup pour aller défier sur terre, par exemple, un certain Nadal, le
cas échéant...
– Rafa, j’adorerais pouvoir l’affronter sur terre battue, mais peut-être pas tout de suite, tout de suite. En revanche, si je pouvais le jouer en quarts de Roland, là, ce serait fabuleux! »

JULIEN REBOULLET



Translation coming.. ahem, but not very soon.

Keijan
04-28-2009, 04:41 PM
There you go *wipes forehead* Please disregard all the grammar mistakes and french-icisms. I wouldn't have translated anything that long for any other than Jo :lol:



- You're the last elite player to start your clay season, less than a month before RG starts. Why wait for so long ?
- Before, it would have been too soon. To make a result at Roland, I had to adapt to clay, but slowly. It also meant taking a rest because I played a lot since January. I needed to find again that will to play. It was important for me to cut between the hard and clay season.


- What does that mean in JWT's mouth, "make a result in Roland" ?
- It means win matches, go as far as possible, telling myself that I fought, that I did everything I could, that I lost against a much stronger guy than me, if I lose...


- Before Rome you had entered Barcelona where you withdrew, more by precaution, because of a pain in the knee. At the slightest problem, judging by your past, we begin to freak out. Do you understand those worries ?
- It's annoying because it's a picture that has been following me. I have little problems like Roger has for the back, or Rafa for his knees, and yet nobody says the two of them are physically frail. In Bercy, I won 4 three-setters in 6 days and nobody said then that I had been physically fit, but still... It's like in Davis Cup, where I would hear everywhere that I wasn't able to play the three days... "is he going to be physically okay ?" is what everyone writes about me. But I think, on the contrary, that the physical part is one of my strengths.


- Not trying to upset you, but two years ago you deliberetely withdrew from RG saying "each time I tried to play on clay, I hurt myself." Maybe that's partly why we keep talking about it...
- Yes but that's the past. Last year I had a good run on clay. My knee injury didn't appear because of the surface, it was already there. The year before I had played team matches on clay. These last seasons, I had problems when clay was just around the corner, but it wasn't necessarily because of the surface. Sometimes I injured myself just before the clay season and I couldn't imagine play never ending matches on it.


- Wasn't it heartbreaking to give up on RG 2007 without being injured ?
- Actually I was already preparing the grass season. I had some good results on hard courts, I had played a lot, given a lot away and that's why we decided not to attend RG. But I was practicing there, at the CNE. I was coming very early in the morning on a bicycle because I couldn't stand to start after the day of matches had begun. The thought that I wasn't part of the fiesta, it was so hard. So I was leaving very early too, as soon as the practice was over, trying to forget Roland was happening.


- You had a wildcard back in 2005, but do you feel like in a month will begin your very first Roland ?
- Yes, it's a bit like that. That's why there is a lot of excitement and desire to be good. It's the first time I feel like I'm at the level to play there. In 2005 I lost against Roddick, so... this is the first I'll be really able to show what I'm made of in Roland.


- And this clay, reassure us, you love it ?
- It's the surface of my childhood, I grew up on it. In my first club in Coulaines (near the Mans), I was having collective lessons on clay. I was always playing with the grand-daddys of the club who just wouldn't stop dropshotting me. Clay means my first French junior champion title, my Europe junior champion title, where I beat Berdych, Baghdatis, Nadal... Clay means world team champion titles. My first ATP tournaments were also on clay. I had beaten Andreev to win my first ATP points. Those are strong memories.


- People say that real tennis is on clay. What are your sensations ?
- I take pleasure whenever I play on clay. In fact, I love it ! When I wake up in the morning and I remember I'm going to have a clay practice, I'm like a freak. I know I'm going to slide and hit great shots, engage physically. On hard, you want to give your everything but it hurts. On clay, it's softer, changing directions isn't hard on the body, you're sliding. I do think I prefer clay to hard. But the truth is that I prefer grass above everything else, so...


- Are you going to try a different game style on clay ?
- I'm going to get round my backhand and hit lifted forehands a lot more. I'll have more time and I'll be able to hit really "big" balls.


- But isn't clay the most difficult for you, since you have an attacking game?
- Future will tell us (smile) I keep faith for Roland because grand slam matches, 5 setters, are the best for me. Physically, I'm fit. My offensive game, on the first two sets, forces me to take a lot of risks, but when the fourth set comes along, the guy is going to have to run on the cannonballs I'm going to send. The guys will have to run a lot and stay fast for a few hours which is the most difficult to do.


- You said Pat Rafter was one of your idol with his attacking style. He won USO 97 and 98 but also made semis in Roland. Is he an inspiration on clay ?
- What I know is that I'll be more at ease with a serve and volley on clay than on hard. I'll have more time to get to the net. Guys like Rafter who didn't really have the game to win on clay but who were physical beasts and loved never-ending matches, they succeeded in stuff nobody thought they will, and it gives me even more will to believe in it.


- Believe you can beat clay specialists for example ?
- This challenge, I gave it to myself because I want to do well. Yes, I want to proove things to people who think I can't play on clay. But I want to proove it to myself before everything.


- You are now waiting to meet Richard Gasquet in Roma. What are you going to focus on ? Sensations ? trying to get use to clay on competition ?
- Only one goal : winning. In Roma like in all the tournaments that will follow. What is going to make me better is winning matches. From there will come the confidence. And in tennis, confidence takes a huge part.


- You will need a lot of it to challenge on clay, for example, a certain Nadal...
- Rafa, I would love to play him on clay, but maybe not right now. If I could play him in quarters in Roland, that would be fabulous !

DanaKz
04-28-2009, 04:55 PM
:worship::worship: Thank you Marion!
It sounds pretty optimistic. Good to hear!:D

SelvenluvJo
04-29-2009, 04:14 AM
merci keijan....

Turquoise
04-29-2009, 09:34 AM
Thank you Keijan for the great interview and translation. Great job :) Love his positive comments about his attacking game on clay, and his self-belief about grass (which affirms my own belief in his abilities on that surface)

reggie1
04-29-2009, 03:52 PM
thanks so much Marion :worship:

MacArthur
04-29-2009, 05:11 PM
An article after his loss against Gasquet :

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, battu dès son entrée en lice par son compatriote Richard Gasquet, ne voulait pas dramatiser sa défaite. Pour sa rentrée sur terre battue, le Tricolore cherche encore ses automatismes et est conscient du travail qu'il reste à accomplir. «Le match ne s'est pas très bien goupillé pour moi. Je suis un peu frustré parce que j'ai eu des occasions, mais je n'en ai exploité aucune. Il faut être un peu plus patient, que je travaille encore, que je trouve des meilleures solutions, que je sois plus relâché. Ca va prendre un peu de temps, mais je suis confiant, ça va venir», a ainsi confié Tsonga.

Il croit d'ailleurs toujours autant en ses chances sur cette surface. «Ce n'est pas une surface hostile pour moi, j'aime y jouer. Je me prépare, je m'entraîne, je m'affûte. Et même si je perds, ce n'est pas du temps de perdu.» Il garde donc Roland-Garros dans ses ambitions du moment. «C'est le sommet à atteindre. J'ai envie d'arriver là-bas au maximum de ma forme. La surface n'est pas la même: c'est de la terre battue, mais elle est super rapide s'il fait beau. Ca peut coller pour moi. S'il y a bien quelque chose auquel je pense, c'est ça. Et j'espère que cette année sera la bonne.» (Avec AFP)

MacArthur
04-29-2009, 05:20 PM
Brief translation by me :

He knows he still has some work to do, but is still confident he can do something really good for RG. "The match didn't go well for me, so I was a little frustrated by all the missed breakpoints. I need to be more patient, to work some more on better solutions and to be more relaxed. It's going to take some time, but I am confident, it will come. " On the clay : "It's not a bad surface for me.I like to play on it. I prepare on it, I am training on it. Even if I lose, it's not some time wasted". On RG : "It's the summit I want to climb. I want to be at my best there. If the weather is sunny, it can be very quick, a good thing for me. This is the thing I think about the most. I hope this is the good year for me. "

reggie1
04-29-2009, 09:05 PM
Thanks Benoit :worship:

SelvenluvJo
04-30-2009, 04:44 AM
thank you MacArthur

MacArthur
05-08-2009, 05:24 AM
Interview of Jo on the site of madrid masters :


Tsonga speaks with Madrid OpenQuestion. Now it is a very good moment for the French tennis, how much more it can improve?

A. It is good to have three players in the Top 10 and we push each other up all the time. But I don’t want to stop there, I want to win another Masters 1000 title and a Grand Slam.

Q. What is the most difficult or hard in the live of a tennis player?


Friday May 1, 2009 A. Sometimes it is hard to spend a lot of time on planes or at the airports but we cannot complain, we have a pretty good life as tennis players.

Q. You have got three tournaments for the moment, which one has been the most satisfaction you have felt?

A. Winning the Paris Masters 1000 title last year was an amazing experience, in front of my crowd and also qualifying for Shanghai. It was an incredible week for me.

Q. What are your goals for this year?

A. I want to keep improving and give all my best.


Q. Rafa Nadal said after winning Australian Open that he was going to have a room to keep all his trophies, where do you keep yours?

A. I keep them at home, I don’t have as many as Rafa.

Q. Finally, a question almost obligatory, what expectations do you have for the new tournament in Madrid, the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open?

A. I look forward to playing in the new site, I have heard it will be very good with the roof and a lot of courts.


Nothing really new, but it's always good to keep an eye open on his ambitions and the draw of madrid is coming.

Turquoise
05-08-2009, 05:33 AM
Thanks MacArthur :) I have been starved for news of Jo, it's always nice to see him back on the scene. As always, I admire the positive goals that Jo sets for himself. I wish him a great tournament in Madrid.

Naina
05-08-2009, 05:19 PM
Thanks. Nice to know he is looking forword to RG and MADRID. I CANT WAIT TO SEE HIM. :d

SelvenluvJo
05-09-2009, 12:51 AM
Q. You have got three tournaments for the moment, which one has been the most satisfaction you have felt?

3???

Bashak
05-11-2009, 08:15 PM
Jo makes atp website headlines, receives his award after his win over Safin.
http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/1/en/news/newsarticle_3634.asp

Bashak
05-11-2009, 09:41 PM
There's an article in L'equipe that says Gasquet is suspended for Roland Garros. They included a few words from Jo:
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090511_133024_gasquet-suspendu-a-titre-provisoire.html

Here is the Jo bit:
11/05/2009
"A Madrid, les joueurs français préfèrent ne pas commenter "l'affaire". Attristé pour son copain, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a juste répondu : « Je suis très triste de ce qui se passe. J'espère que cela va bien se passer pour lui. Je n'ai pas forcément envie de répondre à toutes ces questions, cela me regarde et cela dépasse le sport. Je n'ai pas envie d'en parler.» "
Somewhat translation: In Madrid the French tennis players preferresnot to comment on "the incident." Sorry for his buddy, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga just said: éI am very sorry about what happened. I hope this will all be over for him. I don't really want to answer all these questions, i see it and it is beyond sport. (Translator's Note: This sentence is very likely wrong). I don't feel like talking about it."

MacArthur
05-11-2009, 09:57 PM
Yeah, the "cela me regarde" is wrong. It's "Ca dépasse le sport" : it goes beyond the sport, in the original text.

An interview post match in french, very promissing for RG :

Pour son deuxième tournoi sur terre battue de la saison, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga enregistre sa première victoire (6-4, 7-5) contre Marat Safin sur cette surface. Le Manceau affiche clairement ses intentions de jeu : «Je sens que mon naturel est d'aller vers l'avant et je n'ai pas envie de jouer contre-nature. A Roland-Garros notamment, on a vu pas mal d'attaquants faire de très bonnes choses. J'essaie de me mettre dans ce rôle-là.»

Comment avez-vous vécu votre première victoire sur terre battue ?
Cela fait plaisir. On attend toujours avec impatience cette première victoire. Je me suis bien senti lors de ce match. Je l'ai abordé un peu différemment des autres fois en me disant qu'il fallait que j'accentue mon agressivité. Je pense que cela va gêner mes adversaires car on sera peu nombreux à jouer de cette manière. Je sens que mon naturel est d'aller vers l'avant et je n'ai pas envie de jouer contre-nature. A Roland-Garros notamment, on a vu pas mal d'attaquants faire de très bonnes choses. J'essaie de me mettre dans ce rôle-là, de jouer à l'inverse des autres même si je sais que je possède quelques aptitudes pour remettre la balle de temps en temps contre des joueurs qui sont dans le même profil que moi. Aujourd'hui, je suis assez content de mon match.

Allez-vous vous inspirer d'un joueur en particulier dans ce rôle d'attaquant sur terre ?
Non. Il y a Rafter, Mika (Llodra), Noah bien sûr, qui ont bien joué sur terre. J'ai la possibilité de faire service-volée et j'ai la chance de pouvoir jouer autrement. Mais je vais m'axer sur un jeu très offensif.

Est-ce aussi un moyen d'éviter l'hésitation entre « je défends » ou « j'attaque » ?
Tout à fait. Parfois, je joue entre deux eaux, je n'attaque pas franchement ou je ne défends pas franchement. Cela me permet d'être focalisé sur l'objectif et de ne pas me poser de question.

Etes-vous content de votre adaptation à la terre ?
Oui. A force de jouer et de jouer encore, mon jeu de jambes s'adapte de mieux en mieux à la terre battue. Ce n'est pas encore le top, mais cela va s'améliorer avec les heures que je vais passer sur cette surface. Aujourd'hui, le terrain était très bien par rapport à tous les terrains d'entraînement.

Ici à Madrid, que change l'altitude dans le jeu ?
La balle vole un peu plus, elle va un peu plus vite, le jeu s'accélère automatiquement. C'est donc plus difficile à contrôler.

Etes-vous déjà excité par la perspective de Roland-Garros ?
Bien sûr. On a tous envie de faire quelque chose de génial là-bas. Je suis excité et pressé de jouer le tournoi. Ce sera un des premiers Roland-Garros entre guillemets où je vais être capable de rivaliser. Le format des Grands Chelem me plaît, j'aime jouer les trois sets gagnants, aller au bout de moi-même, cela va être une expérience que je n'oublierai pas. J'espère vraiment me la kiffer.»

And the reaction of Safin, which I think we can take as a compliment for the agressive style of Jo :) :

"Je n'ai été à l'aise à aucun moment du match. J'ai été acculé derrière ma lige de fond de court en permanence et j'ai tatonné mon tennis durant toute la partie. Je n'ai rien pu faire et je ne pouvais rien faire. Pour tout vous dire, c'était un match vraiment ennuyeux pour moi. La seule chose que je pouvais faire, c'était attendre qu'il fasse des fautes. Une situation absurde. Mais qu'est-ce que j'y peux ?"

I can't translate at the moment though :) .

Bashak
05-11-2009, 10:32 PM
This is the translation of the first paragraph of the article Benoit just posted. I am sorry I am very sleepy and going to bed now. In french I would say je tombe de sommeil. good night.

For his second tournement of the season on clay, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga scored his first win over Marat Safin (6-4, 7-5) on this surface. The man from Le Mans makes his intentions of play clear: «I feel my natural game is to go to the front and I don't want to play against nature.In Roland-Garros notably, we've seen quite many attackers do very good. I try to take this role here»

Turquoise
05-12-2009, 06:30 AM
My translation contribution, it’s not always easy for me to translate actual spoken words, but here’s the gist:

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga registered his first victory (6-4, 7-5) against Marat Safin in his second clay tournament of this season.

He’s very pleased about about this result, he’s waited with impatience to get that first victory on clay. He felt good during the match. He’s very clear on how he wants to play on clay: accentuate his aggressivity, move forward. He doesn’t want to adopt a style that’s against his nature/his natural instincts of the game. He believes that this aggressive style will disrupt his opponents as few people play that way on clay. At Roland Garros, those with attacking game have performed notably well. He will try to put himself in that attacking role.

He acknowledges that Rafter, Mika (Llodra) and Noah have attacking styles, but he does not need inspiration from a particular player. He says that he can serve-volley, but he can also play in other different ways. His point of focus is to adopt an offensive game.

He also has to avoid the point where there’s a hesitation between defense and attack. Sometimes he plays in a more neutral position: he doesn’t attack outright nor does he defend outright. This allows him to focus on the main objective and not have this hesitation.

He’s happy about his adaptation on clay. The more he plays, the better his footwork adapts on clay. It’s still not perfect, but this will improve with more hours spent on the surface. Today, the court felt quite good compared to the training courts.

Regarding the impact of altitude of Madrid on his game, he said that the ball flies a bit more, the game accelerates automatically and is more difficult to control.

He’s already very excited about Roland-Garros. He wants to do something special over there and can’t wait to play the tournament. It will be the first Roland-Garros - in inverted commars so to speak - where he will be a real contender. He likes the three-set winning format of Grand Slam (or best of 5 sets), to push himself to the limits. It will be an unforgettable experience for him.

Safin’s post-match reaction:

"I didn’t feel comfortable at any moment in the match, so I was all the time playing behind and I tried to find my game," said Safin. "I couldn’t do anything special so it was annoying to be there on the court and not be able to find the game, so basically I had to wait for his mistakes. It was a little bit absurd, so, it’s a disappointment but what can you do?"

Yes, that’s a compliment coming from him – Jo did not allow him to play his game. I believe they have similar attacking styles on clay.

Naina
05-12-2009, 09:13 AM
thank you :D

Tess Gray
05-12-2009, 09:45 PM
Thanks to everyone translating:yeah: It's very much appreciated:)

SelvenluvJo
05-13-2009, 02:46 AM
thanks ^^

MacArthur
05-17-2009, 06:45 AM
An interview coming from his website, in english please :) :

« It gives me Goosebumps »
Eight days away from the French Open at Roland-Garros, Jo-Wilfried is impatient do play in front of the French

Jo-Wilfried, how do you judge your form eight days from the French Open at Roland-Garros ?

I feel rather good. It is getting the peak of a long preparation and I have worked hard to arrive in top form at Roland-Garros. I feel ready and will play some in Düsseldorf (for the World Team Cup). This will allow me to work on details and play point under certain situation and say to myself that my opponent won’t be able to overtake me.

What will be your objective ?

It will always be the same: go as far as possible, without calculating and with the impression that have given my hardest. It will not be in my mind frame to talk about a quarter final of a semi-final as an objective. If I can manage to reach such rounds I will, of course would want to go further. I am 100% sure that this surface will suit me. With my conditioning and the way i hit the ball I will be well on clay. I can go very far the day when everything will come in place.

What does this tournament represents for you ?

It is mythical for us French player to be there. It has always been a high moment for French players to play Roland-Garros. I remember the day when I was playing the qualies. It is magical even if today it would be even stronger to make a result there. Just thinking about it gives me Goosebumps.

Do you feel any particular pressure ?

I do not ask myself that question on whether or not I can doubt myself. My only pressure is the one I apply to myself, on my own. People will be happy or sad about my results but I am one who is playing and I do this for myself.

You can go on his official site if you want it in french.


Edit: :haha:
The translation is terrible. Enjoy your franglish :haha:

SelvenluvJo
05-17-2009, 12:45 PM
thanks MacArthur

Eden
05-20-2009, 10:38 PM
I translated a German interview with Jo:


Interview with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

„I’m not nervous, just very agog“

http://sport.ard.de/sp/tennis/news200905/20/img/tsonga_imago_180.jpg

Since 26 years the French tennis fans wait for a victory of one of their compatriots at the Grand Slam tournament in Paris. They have high hopes in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who had to cancel his participation last year because he was injured. In an interview with sport.ARD.de the 24years old tennisplayer is talking about with which expectations he is going to travel in his home country.

sport.ARD.de: Your first and so far only appearance at the Grand Slam tournament in Paris ended in 2005 already in the 1st round. This year you are going into the tournament as one of the topplayers. What kind of feeling is this?

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Actually I have already been a few times in Roland Garros.
sport.

ARD.de: Really? In the stats we can only find your loss to US-American Andy Roddick.

Tsonga: That’s true. But I was already allowed to practice at a youth camp on the grounds when I was 13years old. Beside this I have seen a lot of matches and great players from the stands. Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Marat Safin. They have impressed me.

sport.ARD.de: Now you are on the court yourself, are the favourite of the crowd and get acclaimed.

Tsonga: I have always hoped that this would happen one day and I was able to accomplish it.

sport.ARD.de: The longing of the French tennis fans is huge. They wait since 26 years, since the triumph of Yannick Noah, for the victory of a compatriot. Do those expectations make you nervous?

Tsonga: I have to live with this pressure. I’m really not nervous, just very agog for the days in Paris. My family and lots of friends are coming in order to see me play. I’m looking forward to this, but it doesn’t change that I have to blank out the surrounding when I stand on the court.

sport.ARD.de: You make the impression on the court as if you wouldn’t just play with the opponent, but also with the audience.

Tsonga: I am who I am, let my emotions out, this is helping my game. What other people think of me is secondary, but it seems as people like my manner.
sport.

http://sport.ard.de/sp/tennis/news200905/20/img/tsonga2_imago_180.jpg

ARD.de: You have your nickname "Muhammad Ali” because of your resemblace with the legendary boxer. But you also seem to have adopt his motto: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” How important is this image for you?

Tsonga: It doesn’t really matter for me. But of course it helps the tennis to have different kinds of players. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or myself – each of us is playing differently, cheering differently, appearing differently. The people have the choice who to support.
sport.

ARD.de: You already suffered as a young player from many injuries, last year you had to cancel the French Open because of a meniscus injury. Do you go this time free of complaints to Paris?

Tsonga: I can’t really complain. I feel healthy, fit and optimally prepared.
sport.

ARD.de: When you were able to go into a season for the first time in perfect physical shape you made a great stir. Your SF against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open 2008 is unforgettable. He said afterwards: I didn’t have a chance.

Tsonga: This tournament and this match in particular have been my breakthrough for sure. Suddenly the people looked at me and paid attention. Everything around me has changed, but I stayed the same person.
sport.

ARD.de: In sports it went onhill for you, up to #6 in the ranking. You won 4 tournaments in the last two years, however all of them on hardcourt. Is it annoying for you as a French player that the surface in Paris is clay?

Tsonga: I have to live with this. I don’t know if it really affects my chances of victory. I just try to play my game on clay. They won’t change the surface because of me.

sport.ARD.de: With which ambition do you go to Paris? Another big victory against Nadal wouldn’t be bad, right?

Tsonga: I don’t think that far. I take potluck.

sport.ARD.de: What’s your aspiration for this season?

Tsonga: I want to win a big tournament this year. This is my wish. Only who wins a Grand Slam tournament will be remembered by the people.

German source of the article: http://sport.ard.de/sp/tennis/news200905/20/interview_tsonga.jsp

Keijan
05-20-2009, 10:58 PM
Danke schön for the translation, Eden :D

Keijan
05-22-2009, 07:48 PM
Interview in l'équipe :

http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090520_181257_tsonga-comme-si-j-avais-17-ans.html
second part : http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090522_190101_tsonga-comme-si-j-avais-17-ans.html


"It's like I'm 17 again" :inlove:

Do you remember what Roddick said at the end of your 2005 RG match ?
He said… I don’t remember.

He said that you had a great serve and that if you kept trying, you would make it.
Exactly (smiles) He told me that again at the Australian. He has a good eye (smiles)

Which memory do you keep of that match ?
It was a little hell for me. I had a big shoulder problem which lasted 5 months. I had trouble washing my teeth or holding a glass. So it’s not a good memory because I shouldn't have been on the court.

RG is coming. You’re ten in the world and a beginner there. Is it an advantage ?
I think it is. I have nothing to lose. It’s my first Roland. It’s like I’m 17 again and going to play there. I’m happy, I’m like a mad man. It’s a childhood dream.

You’re saying it’s your first but it’s your second Roland !
In the heart, it’s the first. Last time I was sleeping at the CNE, meaning I was playing, practicing in Roland all year long. Today, it’s something else. I’m seeded. People are going to come to watch me. It’s something grand.

Do you use some of those comments who are doubting that you can play on clay to motivate yourself more ?
Of course. It would be hypocrite to say it doesn’t annoy me because deep down I know I can be good on clay. And then people are saying that I will never make it. So I’m even more motivated to show them what I’m able to do.

Are you telling yourself you’re going to proove to people that you’re good on clay ?
Not really. I want to proove that to myself. When something happens to me or when there is someone I’m not getting along well, instead of going towards him, I’m trying to do things the right way and hopefully he will understand by himself that he was wrong.

Do you need to give your everything during practice to be confident in your game ?
Yes and no. I work on challenges. When I have an objective, I don’t look at anything else. I’m capable of doing everything you can think about, even stupid things, when I decide it’s worth it.

What’s the next challenge ?
Roland Garros, three setters on clay. You have to be strong.

Any particular objective ?
No, I just want to take pleasure and to try to please the crowd.

Taking pleasure is often winning…
I’m playing with words because I know the crowd only wants me to win.

Do you imagine your first entrance on RG center court ?
No, it’ll be a surprise. I prefer to live in the instant. I’m not saying I don’t think about it from time to time while telling myself « what will I do when I’m stepping on the court ? » (smiles) Will I arrive with my head lowered ? Or showing off ?

Have you found an answer ?
I don’t know, but I’m thinking about it (laughs)

It could be a Bercy arrival, fist raised ?
It could (smiles) When I’m coming in like that, it means it’s really important to me.

Physically, how are you ?
Fine.

Clay is the less traumatising surface for you in the end ?
Absolutely.

Maybe you’ll become a clay-courter…
I already am ! (laughs)

MacArthur
05-22-2009, 08:07 PM
It's a great interview :)

Thanks for the translation, Keijan !

Bashak
05-22-2009, 10:16 PM
Many thanks everyone for the articles.:)

SelvenluvJo
05-23-2009, 01:12 AM
thanks keijan for your work

Truc
05-23-2009, 06:26 PM
Jo and Gilles are in the French Men's Health this month, here's the article about Jo:
http://img2.pict.com/b5/a5/a7/e9b455758573e20d6ae608274c/3cuEX/300/c389nergiealternative.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/b5/a5/a7/e9b455758573e20d6ae608274c/3cuEX/c389nergiealternative.jpg)
http://img2.pict.com/7e/9f/db/84f88987351d8c15d9c084213c/3GtYt/300/jomen1.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/7e/9f/db/84f88987351d8c15d9c084213c/3GtYt/jomen1.jpg)
http://img2.pict.com/d5/2b/fd/939a1d26ef14104f2c65393878/KclAy/300/jomen.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/d5/2b/fd/939a1d26ef14104f2c65393878/KclAy/jomen.jpg)
http://img2.pict.com/a0/7e/96/998cf724cb712141fe79ce63a3/LQAbf/300/jomen3.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/a0/7e/96/998cf724cb712141fe79ce63a3/LQAbf/jomen3.jpg)
http://img2.pict.com/2f/d4/6e/766c447b22d3937445a5fb8efd/zaaPY/300/jomen4.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/2f/d4/6e/766c447b22d3937445a5fb8efd/zaaPY/jomen4.jpg)

SelvenluvJo
05-24-2009, 03:28 AM
thank you Truc。kiss

Keijan
05-24-2009, 12:11 PM
Thanks :D the pics are bad but it's very interesting, especially his daily routine. And a special :yeah: to him for being a Madcon fan :cool:

The girl writing the go-to-tennis blog is madly in love with Jo, especially after his last press conf, and how we understand her :




JO-WILFRIED TSONGA WANTS TO PLEASURE YOU

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the talented, charming and injury-prone Frenchman, has played in the French Open only once - way back in 2005. He’s making his long-overdue return to the terre battue this week, and with Gael Monfils injured (really?) and Richard Gasquet suspended, the crowd is sure to hang their hopes on the hardcourt-suited Tsonga.

Good thing Jo-Dub doesn’t mind the attention. In fact, he’s already planning a great big tennis orgy on Court Philippe Chatrier. Count me in, Jo! Here he is via Eurosport:



“I have an incredible desire to play, a desire that transcends everything. I’m excited at the idea of going on the court and giving my all.”

“It’s magic to know that whatever happens, people will be behind me. C’est magnifique. I don’t play tennis to fill my bank account but to fill the hearts of people.”

“The goal is really to get pleasure and give pleasure to people who will come to see me. I want to do something great here (at Roland Garros). For me it’s a unique tournament. If I could bring a touch of Jo, that would be cool.

“It would be fabulous to win a match in five sets. On center court, of course. At dusk. Anytime, really. Winning a match in five sets by doing something a little heroic, that would be top.”

Mon dieu, that may be the sexiest tennis press conference of all time! Here’s hoping Jo-Wilfried keeps his promises. I’m definitely curious about this “touch of Jo” stuff.

Tsonga will play countryman Julien Benneteau in his first round. From there he’ll need all love the crowd can give him - his section of the draw includes Baghdatis, Monaco, del Potro and Djokovic. Bon courage, Jo!

Quotes via Eurosport - my translation from French.

Read more: "FRENCH OPEN: JO-WILFRIED TSONGA WANTS TO PLEASURE YOU | GOTOTENNIS" - http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/05/23/french-open-jo-wilfried-tsonga-wants-to-pleasure-you/#ixzz0GQAV96QX&A

Cloudygirl
05-24-2009, 12:22 PM
love that headline. heehee

oranges
05-24-2009, 01:29 PM
love that headline. heehee

Me too, very fitting :D

krn81
05-28-2009, 12:10 PM
An article in Le Figaro.
http://madame.lefigaro.fr/celebrites/en-kiosque/2066-en-prive-avec-jo-wilfried-tsonga
http://madame.lefigaro.fr/celebrites/en-kiosque/2066-en-prive-jo-wilfried-tsonga/2

9e sur le circuit ATP World Tour (1), le tennisman français s’apprête à fouler la terre battue de Roland Garros. Devant son public, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tentera l’exploit qui a mené, avant lui, Yannick Noah au sommet.

Paru le 26.05.2009 , par Laurence Negroni-Nikitine


Quel est le bonheur parfait, selon vous ?
Une maison à la campagne, au calme près d’une rivière.

Quel est le principal trait de votre caractère ?
Sympathique, humain et discret.

Et celui dont vous êtes le moins fier ?
Bougon, je sais faire la gueule !

Votre hobby ?
La pêche. J’ai un souvenir mémorable au large de Miami en mars 2008. Nous sommes sortis vers cinq heures du matin, et en moins de deux heures nous avions pris un thon et deux belles dorades. Une vraie pêche miraculeuse !

Votre geste écolo quotidien ?
J’essaie, avec la Fédération française de tennis, de recycler les balles, les bouteilles, les bouchons en plastique…

Qu’avez-vous réussi de mieux dans votre vie ?
Donner un peu de plaisir à mes parents et à ma famille. Ils sont contents pour moi.

Que possédez-vous de plus cher ?
Mes amis.

Votre film culte ?
Heat, de Michael Mann. Pour le formidable duo d’acteurs entre De Niro et Al Pacino.

Votre actrice préférée ?
Sophie Marceau. Elle me fait craquer.

Votre héros dans la vie ?
Mon père. C’est grâce à lui que je joue au tennis, même s’il ne m’a jamais poussé. Il était joueur de handball avant de devenir professeur de tennis. Je l’admirais et je le suivais quand il donnait des leçons.

Vos écrivains préférés ?
Dan Brown et Harlan Coben.

Votre mot favori ?
« Respect ».

Que détestez-vous par-dessus tout ?
Le racisme et l’intolérance.

Petit, que vouliez-vous faire ?
Devenir un athlète, mais pas forcément un joueur de tennis. Je m’imaginais plutôt footballeur ou basketteur comme l’est aujourd’hui Enzo, mon petit frère.

Quel est le prochain rêve que vous voudriez réaliser ?
Surprendre ma famille. Sur un court ou ailleurs.

Votre péché mignon ?
Le chocolat.

De quoi avez-vous peur ?
D’oublier mes clés et mon portefeuille ! Je suis un spécialiste, je les sème un peu partout…

Vos prochaines vacances ?
Avec mes amis, sans doute en Sicile, que je rêve de connaître.

En vacances, vous déconnectez comment ?
Je débranche tout. Mon portable et l’ordinateur.

Qu’est-ce que vous aimez qu’on dise de vous ?
« Quel beau gosse ! »

Avez-vous un accessoire fétiche dans votre sac de sport ?
Je ne suis pas superstitieux, mais je range toujours mes raquettes de la même façon.

Votre plus belle victoire ?
Contre Nadal en demi-finale de l’Open d’Australie en 2008.

La coupe dont vous seriez le plus fier ?
Celle de Roland-Garros.



Sorry I have no time to translate.

reggie1
05-28-2009, 09:28 PM
The title of that article, that really made me laugh, that's one way to get a girl's attention :devil:

Tess Gray
05-28-2009, 09:54 PM
Merci Karine:)

In that mens health article they actually spelled his name wrong :o:lol:

Turquoise
05-29-2009, 09:46 AM
Thanks krn81 for your article. Much appreciated. Here's my translation for those who need it:


Classed 9th on the ATP World Tour (1), the French tennis player prepares to tread on the clay of Roland Garros. In front of his home crowd, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga attempts the feat of reaching the summit, previoulsy accomplished by Yannick Noah.


Paru 26.05.2009 , by Laurence Negroni-Nikitine

What, in your opinion, is the perfect happiness?
A house in the countryside, in a state of calm close to a river.

What is the principal trait of your character?
Likable, humane and discreet.

And that which you are least proud of?
Grumpy, I know how to sulk!

Your hobby ?
Fishing. I have a memorable souvenir offshore Miami in March 2008. We left around 5 am, and in less than 2 hours, we caught a tuna and two fine breams. Miraculous fishing!

Your daily ecological gesture?
I try, with the French Federation of tennis, to recycle the balls, the bottles, the plastic bottle caps…

What have you best achieved in your life?
Give some pleasure to my parents and family. They are happy for me.

What is your dearest possession?
My friends.

Your favourite film?
Heat, by Michael Mann. Because of the formidable duo of actors of De Niro and Al Pacino.

Your favourite actress?
Sophie Marceau. She touches me deeply.

Your real life hero?
My father. It’s thanks to him that I play tennis, even if he never pushed me. He was a handball player before becoming a tennis teacher. I admired him and I followed him when he gave lessons.

Your favourite writers?
Dan Brown and Harlan Coben.

Your favourite word?
« Respect ».

What do you detest above all others?
Racism and intolerance.

When you were small, what did you want to do?
To become an athlete, but not necessarily a tennis player. I visualised myself more as a football player or a basketball player, as is today Enzo, my little brother.

What is the next dream that you would like to realise?
Surprise my family. On the court or elsewhere.

Your little sin?
Chocolate.

What are you afraid of?
Forgetting my keys and my wallet! I am a specialist, I leave them around a lot…

Your next holidays?
With my friends, without doubt in Sicily, a place I have dreamed of knowing.

Whilst on holidays, how do you disconnect?
I unplug everything. My cell phone and computer.

What do you like being said about you?
« What a handsome guy ! »

Do you have a fetish accessory (mascot) in your sports bag?
I am not superstitious, but I always arrange my racquets in the same way.

Your most beautiful victory?
Against Nadal in the semi-final of the Australian Open 2008.

The cup that you would be most proud of?
That of Roland-Garros.

amdany
05-29-2009, 02:37 PM
My fave part :lol:

Qu’est-ce que vous aimez qu’on dise de vous ?
« Quel beau gosse ! »

What do you like being said about you?
« What a handsome guy ! »

SelvenluvJo
05-29-2009, 03:45 PM
Jo ,What a handsome guy you are !