Saturday June 16, 2012
Injured Jo out of Queen’s, may miss Wimbledon
LONDON: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga suffered a miserable third round exit from Queen’s Club on Thursday as the world number five was beaten 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) by Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and suffered a serious finger injury in the process.
With top seed Andy Murray, fourth seed Gilles Simon and four-time Queen’s champions Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt already eliminated from the grass-court event, it seems Tsonga had a golden opportunity to go all the way.
But the Frenchman, seeded second, produced a lethargic display and world number 69 Dodig took full advantage to claim one of the best wins of his career.
Tsonga reached the final here last year, losing to Murray, and became the first player ever to beat Roger Federer from two sets down at a Grand Slam in the Wimbledon quarter-finals a few weeks later.
With that kind of pedigree on grass, Tsonga was the clear favourite. But he was out-played by Dodig and to make matters worse, he slipped and fell on his right hand in the final set, causing damage that could rule him out of Wimbledon.
“I think it’s serious. I didn’t do an exam for the moment, but it sounds very bad,” Tsonga said.
“Of course it’s not a good day. It’s important to play many matches and to get ready for Wimbledon. It affects my confidence a bit.” - AFP