Fifth seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will play former world number one Australian Lleyton Hewitt in his first round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday. (credit: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Fifth seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will play former world number one Australian Lleyton Hewitt in his first round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday.
Tsonga came into the grass court season after losing, what many believed, a match that he should have won against Novak Djokovic. He had four match-points to close it out and yet went out in the quarter-finals at the French Open.
Even at London last week, Tsonga failed to advance beyond the second round. Unless he can regain his composure from that heart-wrenching loss to Djokovic, Tsonga may find it difficult to overcome his fighting Aussie opponent.
Tsonga's other issue is his fitness – a severed tendon in the little finger of his racquet hand that could push him back a tad.
Having won the Wimbledon in 2002, Hewitt can be expected to give Tsonga some fight in this opening clash. However, Hewitt hasn’t played too much this year. He managed a fourth round entry at the Australian Open before losing in the first rounds at both the French Open and at London last week.
Hewitt’s ranking has shot down to 202 in the world and the 31-year old will hope to recreate some magic of the past to push Tsonga in this opener.
The two have played each other in a couple of matches and Tsonga has won both of them.
The Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Lleyton Hewitt match is the second match at the Court No. 1 with the first one to begin at 1 pm.