Jo Wilfried-Tsonga returns to Top 10
2016 ASB Classic star recruit, Jo Wilfried-Tsonga returned to the Top Ten of the Emirates ATP Official Rankings on Monday morning U.S.A time. Tsonga, who’s ranking peaked at World Number 5 in 2012, returned to the top echelon for the first time in 2015 after an injury layoff forced the Frenchmen to sidelines for three months.
The former Grand Slam finalist had a dream week in Shanghai at the Masters 1000 level event, beating Tommy Robredo, Victor Estrello Burgos, Albert Ramos-Vinolas (who beat Roger Federer in the first round), Kevin Anderson and Rafael Nadal en-route to a showdown with World Number One Novak Djokovic in the Final.
His victory over Nadal in the Semi-Final was the 4th time he had beaten the Spanish great and 17th time in his career he has recorded a win over one of the ‘Big Four’ (Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Nadal and Andy Murray).
Not only does his final appearance mean a return to the World’s Top Ten, Tsonga now sits 9th on the Race to London leaderboard, one outside the entry for the prestigious year ending World Tour Finals as one of the best eight players for the year.
“Its great to see Jo playing so well. He is a genuine top ten player and back to where he belongs. With few points to defend for the remainder of the year it is likely he will continue to rise up the rankings with two big tournaments still to be played” said ASB Classic Tournament Director, Karl Budge.
It is just two months until Tsonga will make his first appearance in Auckland and in this sort of form looks odds on to chalk up his 13th career title on the fast courts at the ASB Tennis Arena.
“Form like this is certainly an ominous sign. We know how big Jo plays. There are not too many players on Tour that can stick with his power when he is in this type of form” continued Budge.
Further players to join Tsonga and defending champion Venus Williams at the ASB Classic will be announced in the coming weeks. The all new ASB classic kicks off on the 4th of January with the women's field followed by then men's on the 11th of January bringing the best of international tennis to Auckland across two weeks.