Tsonga injured in French loss

  • Last Updated: January 4 2013, 16:27 GMT

South Africa beat France 2-1 in the Hopman Cup after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retired hurt from the decisive mixed doubles rubber.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Suffered hamstring injury
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Suffered hamstring injury

Tsonga had earlier beat Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/3) to level the tie after team-mate Mathilde Johansson had lost 6-4 4-6 4-6 to Chanelle Scheepers.

But the former Australian Open finalist then struggled with a hamstring problem in the doubles and indicated he was unable to carry on, with Scheepers and Anderson leading 6-3 1-2 at the time.

"I don't know exactly what I have but I felt something during the singles and the mixed doubles," Tsonga said. "It was a bit more sore during the mixed doubles so for me it was better to quit, for the other team and for Mathilde."

The French ace has also withdrawn from next week's Apia International in Sydney, one of the key warm-up events for the Australian Open.

Tournament director Craig Watson said in a statement: "Unfortunately Jo-Wilfried Tsonga sustained an injury in Perth and has been forced to pull out of the Apia International Sydney with a left hamstring injury. We wish him a speedy recovery and all the best for a successful Australian Open. We look forward to welcoming him back to Sydney in 2014."


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