It seems Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is mostly recovered from his latest injury setback.
Last year's finalist, who withdrew from Sydney with another back issue and was sporting some cool-looking tape for support today, struggled a bit in his 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 defeat of Argentine Juan Monaco in the Aussie Open first round. He hit 27 winners against 30 errors and only managed to land 49% of his first serve deliveries.
Jo-Willy was asked about the injury in his post-match presser:
Q. Looked like your back wasn't giving you any troubles today.
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: No, that's all right. I played without pain. So it was a nice match. That's it.
Q. You're fully recovered? You feel fine?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah, I feel okay.
Hmm - not very convincing. I guess we'll see how Jo-Willy's back holds up in his next match against the experienced veteran Ivan Ljubicic - a true test.
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