Tsonga Splits With Coach Rasheed.

French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga splits with Australian coach Roger Rasheed after just a year together.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Splits With Coach Rasheed.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Splits With Coach Rasheed.

Tsonga, who skipped the US Open currently under way at Flushing Meadow in New York, sitting knee injury, praised Rasheed’s contributions to his play, saying he had learned much from him since the start of the year.

“But the language barrier and the difficulties involved in our respective geographic situations hinders our association and at 28, time is running out for me to achieve my objectives,” he said.

“I am presently looking at several options and I hope things will be clearer in the next few weeks.”

Tsonga was coached by French Tennis Federation coach Eric Winogradsky from 2004-2011 and then spent a year on his own before turning to Rasheed, who had previously coached Australian Leyton Hewitt and another Frenchman, Gael Monfils.

Currently ranked eighth in the world, Tsonga reached the final of the Australian Open in 2008 where he lost to Novak Djokovic, but he has yet to win a Grand Slam.

© AFP.

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