Google Down the Line!: PHOTO OP: Jo-Willy turns his back on the crowd in Melbourne Park

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

PHOTO OP: Jo-Willy turns his back on the crowd in Melbourne Park

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.

(image via Getty)


  1. I wonder if that tape actually works?

    Go, Jo-Willy, go!

  2. That Kinesio tape is suppose to work wonders, but you need a professional to apply it.

  3. It could make a sick tattoo on that sick backside

  4. Need a professional, eh? Like, uhmmmm...Rafa??? He could tape my entire body up. Sorry, I had to do it! ;)


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