Tsonga Ready To Rise To The Occasion
by ATP Staff|
French No. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is ready to rise to the occasion and he starts his most important part of the season at this week’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.
The Le Mans native already has two clay-court victories to his name in 2013, winning both his singles rubbers in France’s 3-2 defeat away to Argentina in the Davis Cup last weekend. He is hopeful that the extra time on clay will be beneficial at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, where he is seeded No. 6 and due to open his campaign against either Daniel Brands or Nikolay Davydenko.
“I will play this tournament with already two matches on clay,” said Tsonga on Monday. “For me, I just need to adapt my game on this surface. It’s a good surface for my game.”
The 27-year-old Tsonga has never reached a clay-court final on the ATP World Tour, but enjoyed his best performance at Roland Garros last year, extending World No. 1 Novak Djokovic to five sets in an enthralling quarter-final.
As he prepares to embark on what he labels the most important stage of the season, the right-hander is not fazed by the added pressure and focus that will be directed on him.
“It’s the most important part of the season for me, especially because I have to play a Grand Slam in my country,” said Tsonga. “I will use this period to practise a lot, to be ready for Roland Garros. For me, [playing at home] is an extra motivation, because I always like to play under pressure. I always use the crowd to help me during my matches.”