Over the years, this spectacularly gifted Frenchman has kept his ardent fans on tenterhooks, wondering if he will finally win the Grand Slam title that has continued to elude him since losing the 2008 Australian Open final. The sands in the hourglass are running out, though, as Tsonga will be 30 by the time he takes the court at the French Open.
Tsonga holds out hope because of performances like his in Toronto, where he bagged his second career Masters title. He had a spectacular run: From the third round on he defeated, in succession, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov, and Roger Federer—losing but one set along the way.
That’s an impressive week’s work, but in all-too familiar fashion, Tsonga’s star quickly went dark. He lost in straights to Murray in the fourth round of the US Open and ended the year quietly, failing to mount a serious bid to reach the ATP World Tour Finals. For a player of Tsonga’s caliber, one title isn’t nearly enough.