Tsonga withdraws from French Open
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has withdrawn from the French Open, having failed to recover from a knee operation in time to compete at Roland Garros.
Tsonga, who has not played since the semi-finals of the Open de Sud de France in February, underwent surgery in April.
And he has been forced to pull out of the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon, which he won in 2017, as well as Roland Garros.
The second grand slam of the year starts on May 27.
"I'm obviously very disappointed, but I still want to come to Lyon as an ambassador and to Roland Garros as a spectator," Tsonga said.
Tsonga has twice reached the semi-finals of his home slam, doing so in 2013 and 2015. However, he has not progressed to the last four of a major since his 2015 run in Paris.
Malgré tous les efforts fournis pour revenir à temps, je suis malheureusement contraint de déclarer forfait pour @OpenParcARA et @rolandgarros.— Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (@tsonga7) May 14, 2018
Je suis évidemment très déçu mais je tiens tout de même à venir à #Lyon en tant qu’ambassadeur et à RG en tant que spectateur. pic.twitter.com/BhZKnPEmW5