Monte Carlo 2019: Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga' retires in first round match against Taylor Fritz with back injury

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who turns 34 on Wednesday, reached the semi-finals here in 2013 and 2016 but did not compete on the clay last spring

Agence France-Presse April 16, 2019 17:27:57 IST
Monte Carlo 2019: Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga' retires in first round match against Taylor Fritz with back injury
  • American Taylor Fritz profited from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's back problem, advancing 6-4, 2-0 on Tuesday when the Frenchman retired in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters

  • The Frenchman, who turns 34 on Wednesday, reached the semi-finals here in 2013 and 2016 but did not compete on the clay last spring

  • Fritz, ranked 65th, was making his Monte Carlo debut and ended a run of four first-round losses dating to February

Monte Carlo: American Taylor Fritz profited from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's back problem, advancing 6-4, 2-0 on Tuesday when the Frenchman retired in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Monte Carlo 2019 Frenchman JoWilfried Tsonga retires in first round match against Taylor Fritz with back injury

File image of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Reuters

Tsonga's pullout after 57 minutes on court was a setback as he returns from 2018 knee surgery.

The Frenchman, who turns 34 on Wednesday, reached the semi-finals here in 2013 and 2016 but did not compete on the clay last spring.

He reached the semi-finals last week in Marrakech, losing to countryman Benoit Paire.

Fritz, ranked 65th, was making his Monte Carlo debut and ended a run of four first-round losses dating to February.

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