Posting a photograph on social media of a bandaged right arm, Tsonga said: “It’s with a big disappointment that I have to postpone today the start of my season declining the Australian Open.
“I’m still suffering from a forearm inflammation (intersection syndrome) and that prevents me being at 100% of my capacities in a competition.
“Then I’m going to receive over 3 weeks all the needed treatments to be able to be back on track in the best conditions.
“Thanks to all of you for your numerous messages and for the support you are giving me.”
Runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open and twice a semi-finalist at Wimbledon, Tsonga struggled with the injury in France’s shattering Davis Cup final loss to Switzerland.