World no. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Player Info) has been officially announced as a participant of next week’s Moselle Open, an ATP 250 tournament which takes place in Metz, France. (ATP Metz Draw). The two-time champion at the event has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury at Wimbledon earlier this year but is determined to defend his title on the indoor court and considers this the optimum time to return.
Tsonga suffered his knee injury during a second round match against Ernest Gulbis and eventually retired from the contest and has been sidelined ever since, missing the entire US Open Series and hard court season in the process. The former Australian Open finalist has also been dealing with changes in his camp as he announced recently that he had parted ways with coach Roger Rasheed, citing language barriers and difference in geographic locations amongst the reasons for the separation.
With the official draw revealed for the tournament, the top seeded Tsonga will face either Federuci Delbonis of Argentina or Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the second round. He also faces potential match-ups with Philipp Kohlschreiber and fellow frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the later stages of the event.
The French no. will not only be attempting to grasp his third consecutive title at the Moselle Open but will also undoubtedly be looking to secure a spot in the Barclays Work Tour Finals in November. Considering the oncoming indoor court swing in the season, a return in Metz could prove to be a wise decision.