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09-05-2008 09:46 PM
Re: Clay season Thread 2008

Now people say on his website he's not going to play Bucharest and will rather get ready for the Asian tourney (I guess he will not play Szczecin either then).
They're already promoting him big time in Szczecin:

We'll see tomorrow if he's in the draw!
09-05-2008 11:03 AM
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09-04-2008 04:03 PM
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Now it seems he's in talk for a WC in Szczecin too, so I guess he will play Bucharest and play 2 events on clay.
09-02-2008 01:27 PM
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I feel indifferent to Gulbis

Yeah, I made the thread before reading the équipe article where Bucarest doesn't appear in his program. Well, I've got no peculiar problem with the asian tourneys anyway

(I just need to make another Hardcourt season thread )
09-02-2008 06:50 AM
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Why do you mention Gulbis before the 2nd seed? Are you a Gulbistard too?

But seriously, it's not sure at all Jo will play there. Le Parisien writes he will decide on Thursday. The goal is to be ready for Bercy and Wino says he needs 3 weeks of work to find back his rhythm ("Tsonga compte maintenant « beaucoup jouer » mais « sans faire n’importe quoi ». Selon son état de récupération, il décidera jeudi de participer ou non au tournoi de Bucarest. « J’aimerais bien être au top pour Bercy fin octobre, ça serait cool », disait-il dimanche après sa défaite. « Il lui faut trois semaines de boulot pour qu’il commence à retrouver un bon rythme », conclut Winogradsky.").
And L'Equipe already assumes he will skip Bucharest because when they talk about his schedule, they only mention Bangkok, Tokyo, Madrid, Lyon, Bercy.
09-01-2008 10:11 AM
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I bump this thread for the upcoming tournament of Bucarest where he has taken a wildcard. With a week of trainig, I think we can hope for something more, even maybe something good (). He has yet to win his first title on the main tour.

The draw is going to be quite interesting with Richard (who took a WC here too), almagro, gulbis, gillou, Paulo, Seppi or Moya.

Allez ma poule
05-26-2008 04:34 AM
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I am totally gutted for Tsonga. He was so looking forward to Roland Garros. It would have been an incredible joy just to see him trying to conquer clay, win or lose.

Good to hear that he's not expressing regrets about Cassablanca. I suppose it was something he had to do for himself, find out if he could adapt his game to the surface and indeed the results were encouraging. Hopefully, next year we'll see him finish what he started, this time on the grand stage at RG.

Tsonga, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I wish you a successful operation and speedy recovery. Looking forward to see you again, hopefully very soon. Bon courage.
05-25-2008 10:20 AM
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There also is a short video of his presser here:

He's watching the match of Ouanna at the moment. His reaction when Josselin asked for the trainer was so cute, he was facepalming.
But it's a heartbreak everytime they show him.
05-25-2008 10:17 AM
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Wimbledon? He'll be out for months.
He says in l'Equipe he's still hoping to be back in time for the Olympics, but it sounds very, very unlikely.

Here's the article in L'Equipe, somebody asked for it in private, but I can post it here too:
Tsonga : rendez-vous à l’automne
Opéré après-demain du genou, le Français a déclaré forfait et devrait être absent environ quatre mois.
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA aura tout tenté pour disputer ce Roland-Garros qui lui tenait tant à coeur. Mais la fissure au ménisque aura été la plus forte. Inexorable, la décision de l’opération – la première de sa carrière – a été prise hier matin, puis annoncée dans une triste ambiance en fin de journée dans l’anonymat d’un hôtel parisien de la place Vendôme, si loin du central qu’il rêvait d’enflammer. « Oui, Roland Garros, c’est magique et y disputer des matches importants est la chose qui pourrait le plus me combler. J’avais des ambitions fortes pour jouer devant ce public français qui m’attendait vraiment. » Au lieu de ça, Tsonga sera mardi dans une clinique pour une arthroscopie visant à enlever le bout de ménisque douloureux. Le verdict est lourd : trois à quatre mois d’arrêt si tout se passe bien, un peu plus en cas de complication. Mais le Français, évidemment abattu face à cet énième coup du sort, n’avait pas de regret d’avoir tenté ce pari depuis que la douleur s’était manifestée avant d’affronter les États- Unis en Coupe Davis, en avril. « Il faut toujours tout faire pour éviter l’opération. J’avais subi une infiltration pour voir si mon genou pouvait tenir. Mais sitôt passés les effets de l’injection, la douleur a réapparu à Casablanca. » Placé donc devant la triste évidence, Tsonga évitait de ruminer exagérément sur ce corps qui le lâche bien souvent. « Bien sûr, je ressens beaucoup de frustration et de tristesse. Malheureusement, j’ai l’habitude d’être blessé. J’ai appris à vivre avec ça et ça me rendra plus fort. » En essayant d’être optimiste, il voulait hier se laisser une petite chance de disputer les Jeux Olympiques en août. Sur la même longueur d’onde, son coach, Éric Winogradsky, tentait de ne retenir que le positif du passé récent et de l’avenir à court terme. « Au moins, Jo aura pu se tester sur terre et voir qu’il y joue bien. En plus, j’ai la conviction que ses derniers excellents résultats sont le fruit de ces périodes de blessures où il est amené à réfléchir sur sa condition de joueur… » – F. Ra.
It says the atmosphere was really sad in the hotel where he gave a presser Place Vendôme yesterday, so far from that Center Court he was dreaming of firing up.
"RG is magic, and playing big matches there would be the most fullfilling thing for me. I was hoping very hard to be able to play in front of the French crowd which was really waiting for me".
He'll need 3-4 months to recover from the surgery. But he doesn't have any regret about his clay season and having given it a try. "One always has to do everything possible to avoid a surgery. I got an injection to see if my knee would hold up. But as soon as the effect of the injection died down in Casablanca, the pain reappeared."
"Of course I feel a lot of frustration and sadness. But I'm used to be injured, unfortunately. I've learned to live with it and it will make me stronger."
He still wants to believe he might be ready in time for the Olympic Games.
Wino also tries to be as positive as possible: "At least Jo has been able to test himself on clay and saw he can play well on that surface. And I'm sure his excellent results lately are the consequence of all these injury breaks which force him to think about his situation as a tennis player."
05-25-2008 10:06 AM
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not good news but ohh well i sence big things at wimbledon get better master jo
05-25-2008 12:28 AM
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Poor Jo. Always getting injured, it's just not fair to him. Good luck.
05-24-2008 09:03 PM
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damn injury, Jo
05-24-2008 06:50 PM
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Horrible news

He's gone through this so many times before already, but I guess one never gets used to it.
But he proved before that he doesn't lose courage and always fights to get back.
I'm sure he'll get a lot of support of his family and Wino but it will be a difficult time again for him

Bon courage Jo
05-24-2008 06:41 PM
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Okay Guys, that's it. At least, now we are fixed and when he will be back, it will be for good.

However, I don't think that the last month of tests and semi-competition was unworthy. He proved himself that he could be good on clay and he tried one solution to heal his knee, even if that didn't work.
And most of all, he seemed to enjoy to be on a court again (wich is a very good thing right after his little hole of decompression of the post-AO).

See you in full strenght at the USO, Jo
05-24-2008 04:18 PM
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I don't know what to say . God bless poor Jo . I'll wait for you .
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