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Tearful Tsonga says farewell at French Open

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga played the final match of his career Tuesday at the French Open

PARIS: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a former Australian Open runner-up and world number five, said he “couldn’t have asked for a better script” as he bid an emotional goodbye to tennis at Roland Garros on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old Tsonga, who announced last month he would retire following the French Open, lost 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 7-6 (7/0) in the first round to Casper Ruud.

“It was pure madness today. One of the best atmospheres I have seen in my career, and it’s my last match,” said Tsonga.

“I couldn’t have asked for something better. I couldn’t have asked for a better script, apart from the fact that I could have won.”

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