10/28/12 5:24 AM | Johan Lindahl
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has ended 18 months of self-imposed "coachlessness" by hiring Australian Roger Rasheed in time for the start of the Paris Masters and a final push to a place in the London year-end finals.
The Adelaide-based former coach of Lleyton Hewitt and most recently Gael Monfils from 2008-11, got started with his newest client last week with Tsonga desperate to perform well at Paris Bercy next week in the final event of the ATP regular season in order to secure a place in the eight-man season final in London from Monday.
Tsonga, the world No. 7, parted company with Frenchman Eric Winogradsky in April, 2011, and happily struck out on his own.
But now the Swiss-based player is ready to return to the status quo, perhaps after seeing how well it did Andy Murray to hook up with Ivan Lendl at the start of this season, with that collaboration producing a US Open title for the Scot.
Tsonga, who had said all along he was doing fine without a coach and loved being his own boss, confessed to French media: "Today I have reached the point where it's getting difficult in terms of motivation, especially in training.
"I was starting to run out of steam a little. Now I will have the support of someone who can pass on his knowledge and some of his motivation."
Tsonga is fighting for one of the two remaining World Tour Finals places but missed out on points last week in Valencia when he quit his first-round match with a back injury.
He is dueling with compatriot Richard Gasquet and Serb Janko Tipsarevic for a London invitation, along with Spanish outsider Nicolas Almagro.
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