Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, former French N.1 and world N.5, was eliminated on Tuesday May 24 in the first round of Roland-Garros by the Norwegian Casper Ruud. © Pierre RENE-WORMS

This time, it’s over for good: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, former French N.1 and world N.5, was eliminated on Tuesday May 24 in the 1st round of Roland-Garros by the Norwegian Casper Ruud (8th in the world) 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 7-6 (7/0) and, at 37, puts away his racquets permanently, as announced. Despite the unconditional and noisy support of the public, despite a resistance sometimes worthy of his heyday, Tsonga – injured in the right shoulder at the very end of the game and in tears on the match point – bows out after 17 and a half years on the circuit where he built one of the finest records in French tennis. For his part, Ruud will face the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori (61st), winner of another Frenchman, Ugo Humbert (46th).

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