In tennis the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is a MAJOR tournament in which ONLY the Top 8 players in the world for that entire year qualify. Every match is like a rematch of a Grand Slam singles final or semi final from the very 1st round, in no other tournament does that happen! Watch the two ATP Tour Finals matches each day in Singapore at 10pm, then at 4am, from Sunday 20 to Saturday 26 November.
In this series of 8 articles I will supply numerous details specific to each player, how to buy your tickets and an individual schedule of play so you know exactly which days to watch your favourite players in action. The No.8 Mardy Fish and No.7 Tomas Berdych articles in this series are already published as the countdown to World No.1 Novak Djokovic continues. Look for the two great photos of each featured ATP Tour Finals competitor.
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The 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualifier Jo-Wilfried TSONGA is pictured above focused on the ball for this forehand drive during the 2011 Monte Carlo Open Masters 1000 tournament. The 1.88m TSONGA is currently ranked at No.6 in the ATP rankings and was drawn in Group B. TSONGA is pictured again below and also at the 2011 Monte Carlo Open, trying to finish the point at the net with this one-handed backhand volley. When he maintains this mentality he achieves his best results in major tournaments.
The 26-year-old has defeated all three of his opponents in his group in the past and is very well suited to the faster surface and indoor conditions in London. TSONGA achieved his best career results thus far at both Wimbledon and the US Open (quarter finals) and is poised to achieve break into the Top 5 for the first time with a strong showing this week.
The Frenchman came back from 2-sets-to-love to defeating Roger Federer to make the semi finals at Wimbledon and defeated Federer again in the Canadian Open to score his 3rd win against the 16-time Grand Slam singles champion. A key to TSONGA’s great year has been a stronger mental resolve and belief when he is trailing. TSONGA fought back from 2-sets-to-one down to defeat Mardy Fish in their only meeting to date at the 2011 US Open, despite the hometown crowd pulling for Fish to fly the flag for the US.
The right-hander has already beaten Rafael Nadal in London this year (at Queens on grass) and has proven he can do it in a BIG match, at the 2008 Australian Open semi finals and in 3-straight sets. TSONGA has now recorded 5 wins against two of the all-time greats in Federer and Nadal, plus he owns a 5-4 winning record against current World No.1 Novak Djokovic.
TSONGA achieved a career-high ITF Junior singles ranking of No.2 on 13 October 2003. The all-court style of the Frenchman, which gives him the ability to defeat anyone in the world and on any surface, has served him well. In a sign of things to come, TSONGA made the semi finals or better at all four Junior Grand Slam singles events in 2003 and won the 2003 US Open ITF Junior tennis championships.
A quick look at more very interesting TSON-ga details…
- Who is in his Group: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Mardy Fish
- Round robin schedule: Sunday 20, Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 November
- Career-high ranking: No.6 which he first achieved on 17 November 2008
- Best result in ATP Tour Finals: qualified in 2008 and again this year for a 2nd time
- 2011 singles win-loss record: 52 wins and 22 losses
- Best Grand Slam singles result: Runner-up Australian Open 2008
- Career singles titles won: 7 and runner-up 4 times
- Is he on Twitter: Yes -follow him-> @Tsonga7
- Tennis racquet: BABOLAT AeroPro Drive GT, follow Babolat-> @Babolat
- Tennis Gear: Adidas – follow Adidas on Twitter-> @AdidasUS
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© 1st photo credit: Beth Wilson
© 2nd photo credit: Beth Wilson