A (last) short turn, and then leaves. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 254th in the world, was sharply beaten by Marin Cilic (22nd) 6-2, 6-2 in 1h07, Monday in the first round of the Masters 1000 of Monte-Carlo where the Frenchman started his farewell tour.
If the 36-year-old Manceau (37 on April 17) has hinted at some still well-felt blows, the physique clearly no longer follows, as he himself had regretted when he announced it last week.
The end of an era
Very quickly broken by Marin Cilic, he could never hope to return to the match and was swept away in just over an hour, despite the support of the very sparse stands in Monaco.
The former world No.5, finalist of the Australian Open in 2008, will retire at Roland-Garros (May 22-June 5), signifying the beginning of the end for the new generation “Musketeers” (Tsonga , Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet and Gaël Monfils), of which he was the leader for ten years.