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World-ranked tennis pro Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in 2008, as an unseeded player. In 2012, he lost to Andy Murray in the semifinals at Wimbledon.
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French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, nicknamed "Ali," was born on April 17, 1985. He began playing tennis at a young age, and turned pro in 2004. Tsonga took the tennis world by surprise in 2008, when, as an unseeded player, he defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the Australian Open. That same year, he broke into the Top 10 with two titles; four years later,
"I just play to have fun, play my best tennis, take pleasure from the fight, and that's it. I want to be spontaneous and not have any outside influence. I just want to be me, so I don't have any regrets."
he was ranked No. 5 among world singles players. Tsonga lost to Andy Murray in the 2012 Wimbledon semifinals. By 2012, Tsonga had won eight singles career titles and four doubles career titles.
French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, nicknamed "Ali," was born on April 17, 1985, to father Didier, a former handball player and chemistry teacher, and mother Evelyne, also an educator. Tsonga's younger brother, Enzo, is a business student.
Tsonga began playing tennis at a young age, and was quickly acknowledged as an advanced player; in 2004, he turned pro. According to the Association of Tennis Professionals, Tsonga attributes his strength to his father, and his kindness to his mother.
Tsonga took the tennis world by surprise in 2008, when, as an unseeded player, he defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the Australian Open. That same year, he won the Paris Masters, and broke into the Top 10 with two titles. Among several career highlights, Tsonga made it to the seminals of the 2010 Australian Open and the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals, where he lost to tennis pro Roger Federer. He also competed at the 2011 and 2012 Wimbledon tournaments, losing to Scottish player Andy Murray in 2012.
By 2012, Tsonga was ranked No. 5 among world singles players, and had won eight singles career titles and four doubles career titles.
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