Tsonga pulls out of French Open

The Australian Open finalist and one of France's best hope for Roland Garros, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will have to undergo surgery on a broken meniscus, and was therefore pulled out of the French Open. He was seeded 14th for this tournament.


REUTERS - Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled out of the French Open with a knee injury on Saturday and will be out for at least three months.

"I will not play Roland Garros 2008," the Frenchman, who was seeded 14th, told a press conference.

"After long talks with my doctors, we decided that I would undergo surgery next week, most likely on Tuesday. I came to a point when something had to be done.

"I will be sidelined for three or four months," he added.

Tsonga, who picked up the injury in March, took a month off to recover, but had to retire from the Casablanca Open on Friday after the injury reappeared.

The setback means Tsonga will also miss Wimbledon, the Beijing Olympics and is a major doubt for the Aug 25-Sept 7 U.S. Open in New York.

His place in the French Open draw has been taken by Peruvian lucky loser Luis Horna.

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