26 May 2012

Tsonga doubts local French Open hopes

3:55 pm on 26 May 2012

French tennis No.1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is standing by his comments that there is little or no hope this year of a Frenchman winning at Roland Garros for the first time since Yannick Noah in 1983.

Tsonga made the comments last week in Rome, shocking many in France and drawing fire from Noah himself, who says that at the very least home players should "dream" of winning the only claycourt Grand Slam tournament.

Tsonga, the world No.5, says he has no regrets over what he said and he continues to dream and always wants to win every tournament, but so far French players have never won any Masters tournament on clay or any Grand Slam, whatever the surface - so at the moment, no one would place a bet on a French player winning a Grand Slam tournament tomorrow.