France's Tsonga pulls out of Davis Cup final
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has pulled out of December's Davis Cup final against Serbia with a knee injury, the French number one said on Wednesday.sports Updated: Nov 03, 2010 17:15 IST
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has pulled out of December's Davis Cup final against Serbia with a knee injury, the French number one said on Wednesday.
"My tendon snapped once again in Montpellier," Tsonga told in a press conference.
Tsonga said that he will miss the rest of the season, hence has ruled himself out of the Dec. 3-5 Davis Cup final in Belgrade. Tsonga had also not taken part in France's quarter and semi-final wins over Spain and Argentina.
Captain Guy Forget is likely to rely on Gael Monfils, who won the Montpellier title last weekend, and pick his second singles player from Gilles Simon, Michael Llodra and Richard Gasquet.
Tsonga, the 2008 Australian Open runner-up whose career has been blighted by injuries, was also sidelined for three months after Wimbledon with a knee problem.
"I am dejected because the Davis Cup is a kid's dream. It's the biggest setback in my career along with having to pull out of the Olympic Games," said Tsonga.
"The injury is less serious than last summer but the doctors told me to end my season."
"I could have taken anti-inflammatories but I don't know how I would have endured the pain. It would have been dishonest to my team mates."
Tsonga, however, is hoping Forget will still take to Belgrade so that he can support his team mates.