Tsonga wins first ATP title with coach Bruguera in Montpellier
After spending a year in the dark, without even playing a final, the Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, number 210 in the ATP ranking as a result of the seven months of absence in the circuit in 2018 after a knee operation, overcame all obstacles and yesterday Sunday he returned to savour the triumph when winning the title of the Montpellier indoor tournament. Sergi Bruguera, his current coach, has a lot to do in this amazing return to the success of the Le Mans player.
Tsonga's victory yesterday is number 17 of his career. Surely it will not be the most important (he owns the Masters 1000 of Paris and Canada and was a finalist in the Australian Open), but probably one of the most significant because of the value it involves when he is about to turn 34 years old and was at a crossroads in his sports career.
The last ATP title that Tsonga had achieved went back to October 2017, in Antwerp.
"Bruguera brings me many small things that adding to the rest, together with the work of my whole team (his other coach is Thierry Ascione), they make a big difference. He has the take of a player who has done great things when he was on the court. He knows what he is talking about. He has an inner flame, he is passionate. It gives me a lot from the perspective of the vision of the game. It helps me to discern what I do well, what I do wrong and to know what my true strengths are, "he told L'Equipe.
Four Frenchmen and the Moldavian Radu Albot were the victims of the rebirth of "Ali" Tsonga in Montpellier. Before beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert (6-4, 6-2 in 73 minutes) in the final, he defeated Ugo Humbert, Gilles Simon and Jeremy Chardy, becoming the fourth local tennis player to lift the trophy in the south of France after Gael Monfils (2010 and 2014), Richard Gasquet (2013, 2015 and 2016) and Lucas Pouille (2018).
Tsonga, who was not seeded last week, will now participate in the Rotterdam tournament, the first ATP 500 of the year. With his new ranking (140 today Monday) will not be among the favourites. In his debut he will face Italian Thomas Fabbiano.