When the medical staff told him to stop everything two weeks ago, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga struggled to cash in. “It was like a sledgehammer,” he said Monday in Lyon, where he will remain throughout the tournament which he is the ambassador. Operated meniscus left early April, the Manceau was then in the rehabilitation phase, considering his return as soon as possible. But the pain caught him and the verdict was final. Victim of a bone edema, the former French number 1, already forfeit for Roland-Garros, is now forced to rest forced for a fortnight.

Without visibility on the continuation nor date of recovery, it could even miss also the season on grass! Tsonga thought, inevitably. But he said he had raised doubts, now persuaded to return, even at thirty-three, and regain pleasure. In the meantime, he’s just entitled to a little pool, without using the legs, a little sheathing and body-building. It does not feed the guy, who took Monday time to take stock of his desires, his future and that of tennis.

“You have not appeared on the circuit since your retirement in the semi-finals in Montpellier, on February 10th. How do you live such a long absence?

In fact, I live it pretty well. I think it feels good internally. It’s good for morale too. Even if now, I want to come back because it’s been a while! It’s forced and forced, but it allows you to take a step back. When we play a lot, we do not realize, we are in a kind of washing machine. The fact of returning, to see his childhood mates of Le Mans, it puts a little basics and the basics of life. That’s why I was, I think, a good tennis player and what made me too. This is a bit of an opportunity to regenerate myself mentally.