Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will begin his campaign in the 2019 Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech against the German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in the first round. The match will take place on Monday, April 8 at around 4:00 pm local time (BST). Get Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Cedrik-Marcel Stebe live streaming options here.
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Cedrik-Marcel Stebe Head to Head
Tsonga and Stebe have met only once on the tour. That meeting took place in the 2012 French Open, and Tsonga won that match in four sets.
Tsonga’s Long Road to Prominence
Following Tsonga’s massive struggles with injuries and form over the last couple of seasons, the Frenchman dropped out of the top 200. He started the year as the World No. 239, fit and fine having recovered from his injuries.
So far this season, his performance has been very impressive as he showing signs of reaching his former self, day by day. In Brisbane, he was a semifinalist where he lost to Daniil Medvedev. Later in ATP Montpellier, he won his first singles title on the tour since 2017.
He then reached the quarter-final in ATP Rotterdam where he lost to Medvedev once again. After this, his form took a slight hit as he struggled greatly to move past the first round. In Marseille, he lost to Andrey Rublev in the opener while in Miami, he never made it past the qualifiers.
Nonetheless, he has made great strides since the start of the season and is now a few places shy of an entry in the top 100.
Stebe Starting his Season in Marrakech
The 28-year-old German is starting his 2019 ATP Tour in Marrakech with a protected ranking. He has been out of action for more than a year, owing to a surgery he underwent in his right wrist. That was also his second such surgery. He took the time to recuperate from his injuries and is now back on the tour.
His last professional tournament was the Australian Open 2018, where he lost the opening game to Maximillian Marterer.
Stebe peaked on the singles circuit as the World No. 71 in 2012 after reaching the second round in the French Open – his best result in a Grand Slam.
Tsonga v Stebe Predictions & Tips
It is hard to imagine this one being won by the German. Tsonga, despite his recent struggles, has been in a much better form than Stebe. Expect the Frenchman to win this one in straight sets.
Tip: Under 19.5 games in the match: 17/20 (Betway)
You can watch & bet on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Cedrik-Marcel Stebe on Monday, April 8 here . The match is scheduled at around 4:00 pm local time (BST).