1/24/13 3:32 PM | Johan Lindahl
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga may find himself in the firing line of the WTA after he gave his innocent opinion about the difference in top players after a five-set loss to Roger Federer at the Australian Open.
The personable Frenchman said that the top four men are there for a reason - and it's a reason which probably doesn't apply to their female counterparts, with the WTA leading rankings changing, rotating and swopping on a regular basis.
"In tennis, you cannot lie. If they (Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal) are number one, number two, number three, number four, it's because they deserve it and because they are the best players at the moment. That's it," he said after going down to Federer in three and a half hours.
For the smiling Tsonga, the ATP elite have a glacial stability missing from their opposite numbers.
"The girls, they are more unstable emotionally than us. I'm sure everybody will say it's true even the girls.... you don't think?
"It's just about hormones and all this stuff. We don't have all these bad things, so we are physically in a good shape every time, and you are not. That's it."
Federer kept his opinion on the topic more PC, saying: "It's become very much a game of movement. Maybe the top guys just move a tiny bit better than the rest of the guys. I'm not sure about that, but seems like it.
"And I guess in the best of five, down the stretch, it just seems that we do find a way. I don't know how to explain it."
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