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The Frenchman read a text in front of the thousands of spectators at the Philippe-Chatrier court after his last match.
With wet eyes and surrounded by his loved ones, Jo Wilfried-Tsonga was treated to a ceremony on the Philippe-Chatrier court at Roland-Garros after his defeat against Casper Ruud on Tuesday, May 24. To attempt “to fulfill my childhood dreams was an extraordinary adventure“ notably declared the Manceau.
Joined on the court by his friends and former Davis Cup teammates (Gaël Monfils, Benoit Paire, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon and Pierre-Hugues Herbert), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wished to thank “all french tennis“. Before concluding, to applause: “Thank you Roland, thank you Mr Tennis, I love you.“
In tears at the very end of the game, understanding that he could no longer defend his chances because of pain in his right shoulder, the 37-year-old sportsman still went to the end of his match. He finally lost in four sets and 3h49 of a big battle.
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