Jo-Wilfried Tsonga eliminated in the first round of Monte-Carlo by Marin Cilic

The weeks are likely to be long for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga between now and Roland-Garros, where he has decided to end his career. Physically unfit for the highest level, the Frenchman (now 254th in the world) was overtaken in the first round of the Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo on Monday by Marin Cilic (22nd). The score (6-2, 6-2), the duration of the match (1h07) and his appearance say it all about this defeat, suffered without any hope of reversing the trend. Inevitable.

JWT started the game in the worst possible way: after 16 minutes, they were already trailing 4-0. Feeling his opponent entangled in his movement, the Croatian intelligently used the opposite foot. On his commitment, he tortured the backhand return of the Frenchman. Which won only four points on his return games, in a first set quietly completed 6 games to 2.

Despite his courage, Tsonga still had to fight at the start of the second set, where he had to dismiss one, then two break points. We felt him on the edge of the precipice. A double fault cost him his engagement at 2 all. From then on, the Croatian unrolled his tennis even more and left his service impregnable. He will face in the second round the winner of the match between Taylor Fritz and Lucas Catarina, which will be played on Tuesday.


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