Jeremy Chardy denounced the fact that he suffered physical complications after undergoing the anti-Covid vaccine between the Tokyo Olympics and the US, caused a stir. Chardy admitted that he did not know for sure when he would be able to return and that he regretted taking the vaccine.
Doubts about his return, however, have now disappeared. The return of the French player now has a specific week and place and will be the one that goes from 2 to 8 May, when he will compete in the Challenger of Aix-en-Provence.
Chardy hasn't played in a while and certainly won't have a lot of expectations in his first return tournament. However, it is good that his health has improved and that he is planning his return to the circuit early next month.
Due to the problems he described, the former world number 25 confessed that he seriously thought of 2022 as the last season of his career: “Since I received the vaccine, I have more than one problem to deal with. Consequently, I cannot train, I cannot play.
For now, my season is at a standstill and I don't know when I will start again. I'm turning 35 in February, so I'm maybe a little negative for now, but this is the first time the idea that next season could be my last has crossed my mind.
I'm thinking about it. It's difficult because I was having fun and I wanted to play longer."
Meanwhile his countryman decided to...
The Frenchman had left the scene for too long and his physique has never allowed him, in recent years, to be able to get back into real competition.
Tsonga's last official victory on the ATP tour dates back to the first round in Marseille played on February 15 against compatriot Gilles Simon, and three defeats thereafter, including those in Indian Wells against Safiullin and Miami against Thompson.
Thus the transalpine tennis player, who will turn 37 in ten days, has made the decision to end a respectable career enriched by 18 ATP titles (plus 4 in doubles), including 2 Masters 1000 (Paris-Bercy and Toronto), and from a number 5 position as best ranking in 2012.
To these successes, are added equally significant results such as the final of the Australian Open in 2008, that of the ATP Finals in 2011 and the silver medal at the Olympic Games in London in 2012 paired with compatriot Michael Llodra, as well as having won the Cup.
Davis with the French national team in 2017. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could only choose the most prestigious home scenario to permanently leave the tennis played. The retirement of the almost 37-year-old from Le Mans will, in fact, be held on the red clay of Roland Garros, which saw him reach the semifinal in 2013 and 2015.
This was announced by Tsonga himself in an interview for the French sports newspaper L'Équipe: "It is with great emotion that I announce today my decision to end my career at the next Roland Garros. I have spent so many incredible moments and shared many joys with you who have given me so much.
I hope to experience one last thrill in your company. You will know more about my choice at my next press conference this weekend in Monte Carl." At Roland Garros, his last match won came in 2019 in the first round against Peter Gojowczyk.