Jo-Wilfried Tsonga joins list of stars for Queens


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the latest world tennis star to sign up to the AEGON Championships at the Queen’s Club, London in June.

The powerful Frenchman, who will appear at Queen’s for the fourth consecutive year, joins a roster of talented players such as number two seed, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych (no. 6) and Juan-Martin Del Potro, who is ranked seventh in the world. 

"The AEGON Championships is what tennis is all about. It is full of history. For me you cannot have a better tennis tournament. It's a special place,” said Tsonga.

Tsonga reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon last season, losing out to Andy Murray in a tense five-set battle. He also lost to Murray in the 2011 final at Queen’s so the French powerhouse will be hoping for some success this summer.

"I've always played well on grass, I expect to win tournaments on it, so we will see what happens at Queen's and at Wimbledon." 

He added: “I entered the top 100 for the first time at Queen's Club (in 2007) when I beat Lleyton Hewitt, who was the defending champion. It was also the first time that I did my dance celebration and the British people loved it.” 

2007 was his breakthrough year on the professional tour and he made his first grand slam final the following year in Australia.

That occasion is the only time Tsonga has made one of the four slam finals, but he did push Roger Federer to five sets in Melbourne earlier this year. 

However, his coach Roger Rasheed believes he can make the step up for the remainder of the year. 

"Jo has already been to a grand slam final and I believe he's a player that can grab a grand slam title. The good thing is that he's a player that believes he can win a grand slam title, too." 

The AEGON Championships start at the Queen’s Club from the 10th-16th June, televised on BBC television and British Eurosport.

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