• Tsonga said to be ready to end coachless state

    10/12/12 4:03 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Tsonga said to be ready to end coachless state France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga may look to quickly end 18 months of a voluntary coachless existence on the ATP after losing to Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters.

    Tsonga is said to be quietly consulting over a new mentor despite keeping his place in the ranking top 10 during his time on his own.

    Speculation centres on footloose American Larry Stefanki, available since the retirement of his last client Andy Roddick. French media have reported that Tsonga is looking to end his single state on the ATP as soon as possible with the goal of breaking through like rival Andy Murray, who won the US Open nine months after taking on former player Ivan Lendl as his mentor.

    Tsonga has hovered on the outer edges of the elite, playing the Australian Open final four years ago and three semi-finals at the Slams since 2010.

    Stefanki has helped three players to the top of the game over a decade and a half: Chile's Marcelo Rios, Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and Roddick.

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and Henman (who was way better than Rios)

yes, Stefanki is the move

RickyDimon , 10/12/12 5:09 PM

An interesting match up but Stefanki was able to handle the volatile A-rod so could well be the right man for the hot-headed JWT. He sure needs to accept outside help if he is to flourish. So far he has failed to realise his full potential and to capitalise on his natural talent.

ed251137 , 10/12/12 7:22 PM

An American coaching a Frenchman? Somehow, I don't see that happening.


Conspirator , 10/12/12 8:09 PM


That's funny! Good point. But there is no question that Tsonga needs a coach. It shows in his matches when he doesn't seem to have a clue. His shot selection is poor at times, he doesn't think on the court. He does need help to realize his considerable potential.

Nativenewyorker , 10/12/12 8:45 PM


RickyDimon , 10/12/12 9:01 PM

There you go. Thaaat's more likely. Wonder why Simon dropped him. Probably just looking to change things up.

If anyone should have a coach, it's Tsonga!


Conspirator , 10/12/12 9:17 PM

Perhaps Guy Forget is looking for a job right now lol.


ed251137 , 10/12/12 11:21 PM


RickyDimon , 10/13/12 1:16 AM

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