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Old 11-14-2008, 05:13 PM   #91
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jo giving his impressions as he ends his beautiful season(eurosport.fr)

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Tsonga : "Really looking forward to 2009 !"
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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)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.
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:32 PM   #92
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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?
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Old 11-27-2008, 01:57 PM   #93
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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.
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:49 AM   #94
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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.

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Old 12-02-2008, 10:41 AM   #95
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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.
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:06 AM   #96
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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
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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" is irrelevant, I just wonder what Mr. Dominguez will say?
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Of course this French Masters "thingie" is irrelevant, I just wonder what Mr. Dominguez will say?
he wont say anything bad since jo belongs to the "bons élčves" category with simon.
he'll promote the tournament and meet the fans so
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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...
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Tsonga must use some time to have a proper rest for the next season Allez Jo.
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Sad but necessary.
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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/show...&postcount=199
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(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...plus-haut.php5

And an article in Le Parisien which is more about Jo:
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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.
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The summary in English of the article of L'Equipe is here:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/show...&postcount=202
http://www.menstennisforums.com/show...&postcount=204

There also is an interview of Jo in Midi Libre, but it's pretty much the same:
http://www.midilibre.com/articles/20...nd-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.
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