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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Net Worth, Biography & Wiki 2017
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, born on the 17th of April, 1985, in Le Mans, France, and is a French professional tennis player who is currently ranked number seven in the world. He became famous in 2008 when he defeated world number one Rafael Nadal in the 2008 Australian Open.
So just how rich is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, as of early 2017? Authoritative sources estmate that Tsonga’s net worth is over $10 million, accumulated largely through his prize money won as a professional tennis player since 2004
Tsonga is the son of Didier Tsonga, a handball player who is of Congolese descent and later became a chemistry teacher, and Evelyne Tsonga, a French woman who was also an educator. Tsonga showed potential in playing tennis at a very early age. In 2003, he was already competing at the US Open Juniors championship. During that year, he was able to reach the semifinals of three other junior Grand Slam events. With his early success, in 2004 he immediately decided to turn professional.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Net Worth $10 million
Tsonga’s early years as a professional were not easy; aside from his lacklustre performance, he also endured plenty of injuries. He experienced a herniated disc, causing him to miss sometime away from tennis. After recovering from that injury, he then experienced problems with both his shoulders, and later on an abdominal issue. His problems caused him to miss plenty of games from 2004 until 2006.
Finally, in 2007 Tsonga made a comeback and competed at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon. From a ranking of 212 in the world, he jumped to 169.
One of Tsonga’s careers highlights came in 2008. During this year, he was able to defeat world number one Rafael Nadal in the 2008 Australian Open. Although he was later defeated by another tennis icon, Novak Djokovic, he was also able win the Paris Open. That year he was also able to break into the Top 10 with two titles. His growing popularity and victory started to raise his net worth.
Some of Tsonga’s career highs also include his win in the 2009 Shanghai Masters doubles with Julian Benneteau and his performance at the 2010 Australian Open, making it to the semi-finals. In 2011, he defeated Roger Federer at Wimbledon, and repeated the same victory at the 2013 French Open.
In 2014, Tsonga won the Toronto Open, and in 2015, reached the finals of the Shanghai Masters. He is one of the few players in the world of professional tennis to ever have Grand Slam wins against tennis’ Big Four, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Novac Djokovic. His consistent performances also helped increase his wealth.
Today, Tsonga is still active in the world of tennis and is currently ranking number seven in the world as of early 2017.
In terms of his personal life, Tsonga is still officially single, however, he has dated Swiss Noura El Shwekh since 2014, and they recently announced that they are expecting their first child.