Veteran Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays young Japanese talent Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Monday, May 31. Get the live streaming options of this Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Yoshihito Nishioka match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Yoshihito Nishioka Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the two players.
Tsonga On a Losing Run
French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was ranked as high as number five in the world in 2012. He has reached the semi-finals or better of a Grand Slam on five occasions including the French Open twice, in 2013 and 2015.
However, the 36-year-old Frenchman is in the twilight of his career, where he has dropped in the rankings to world number 75. Since the end of the 2019 season, it has been a mix of injuries, pandemic breaks and poor form for Tsonga.
The 2008 Australian Open finalist has a 1-7 record since the start of the 2020 season, with his only win in the opener of the ATP 250 at Marseille this year where he defeated Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez.
Tsonga started his clay run this season at Barcelona, where he lost in straight sets to Egor Gerasimov of Belarus, and then over at Lyon he lost in his opener to American Tommy Paul also in two sets.
The Frenchman comes to Roland Garros well aware that he needs to increase his level to make it through the opening rounds and also that this maybe one of his last appearances at his home slam.
Nishioka Confident After Lyon & Parma
Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka came into 2021 at the back of a decent last season and a half having just broken into the top 50 in the ATP rankings.
2021 for the Japanese began with two defeats on the trot at the ATP Cup and a first-round exit at the Australian Open. While a quarter-final showing in Singapore set him back on course, Nishioka lost in the openers at Marseille, Dubai and Miami thereafter.
While clay may not be his strongest surface and he did not do well at Madrid and Rome, Nishioka got his act together at Lyon last week and Parma this week. Nishioka made the quarter-finals at both tournaments recording wins against the likes of Ugo Hembert, Gael Monfils, Sam Querrey and Lorenzo Musetti.
Tsonga v Nishioka Prediction and Tip
Although Nishioka is not the most comfortable on clay, he is up against a version of Tsonga who is on the decline and low on confidence, form and fitness.
Expect Nishioka to prevail in four sets.