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Tsonga's age is not important says coach

  • Joe-Wilfried Tsonga is presently 28 years old and that could be a matter of worry for some but not for his coach Roger Rasheed.

    He thinks that his student is capable of a lot more in spite of his increasing age. He reasons that Tsonga played only five weeks a year when he was 19, 20, and 21 which means that he missed a good 3 years of tennis. In that sense, he is a lot fresher than other players of a similar age. In terms of tennis schooling, Rasheed feels, Tsonga’s age is somewhere in the region of 24 to 25 years. These comments were made while addressing the media at the Aegon Championships in London.

    Tsonga first came to the world’s notice in 2008 when, as a relative newcomer, he advanced to the finals of the Australian Open, one of the 4 grand slams of the global tennis calendar. At present, he occupies the 7th spot in the global single’s rankings.

    Rasheed, from Australia, has stated that the attention is presently on making minor improvements to his shot making and not bringing any major change to his game. The coach also feels that it is critical to retain his natural flair while making him aware of some other options that he is yet to explore as a player.