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Edmund vs Tsonga ATP Marrakech Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Edmund and Tsonga meet for the first time with Marrakech quarter final spot on the line

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 9 Apr 2019
  • Kyle Edmund vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is live from Marrakech on Wednesday, 10 April from 4:30pm local time/ 4:30pm BST
  • First meeting between Edmund and Tsonga
Kyle Edmund

British No. 1, Kyle Edmund continues his Marrakech campaign on Wednesday when he takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round.

Edmund is looking to go one step further than he managed in Marrakech last season, when he was beaten by Pablo Andujar on the final. While the Brit failed to get over the line in Marrakech, in what was his maiden tour-level final, he went on to claim his maiden ATP title later than season in Antwerp to crown a breakthrough year.

The 24-year-old had earlier reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open, while he made Masters 1000 quarter finals in Madrid and Shanghai, and a notable ATP 500 semi-final in Beijing, all of which propelled him to a year-end ranking of 14th.

Edmund has not quite hit those heights in 2019, as he opened his season with successive defeats in Brisbane and the Australian Open. He then pulled out of tournaments in Marseille and Rotterdam as he struggled with a knee injury, but he made a triumphant return to action, claiming the Indian Wells Challenger title. Back on the ATP Tour, Edmund made successive fourth rounds at the Masters 1000 meets at Indian Wells and Miami, losing to Roger Federer and John Isner respectively.

Marrakech may be a step down from Indian Wells and Miami, but this week's field is very strong for a 250 tournament, with world No. 3, Alexander Zverev leading the field, and several dangerous floaters going around. Edmund was largely untroubled in his 6-3 6-2 victory over Frenchman, Ugo Humbert in the first round; he now turns his attention to another Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as he bids for a spot in the quarter finals.


Tsonga is playing in an ATP main draw for the first time in almost two months, after skipping Indian Wells and failing to qualify for the Miami Open. His last main draw appearance before Marrakech was the Open 13 Provence in Marseille, where he was beaten in straight sets by Andrey Rublev in the opening round.

Tsonga opted out of Indian Wells in order to preserve his body against the effects of Sickle Cell disease, a blood disorder which causes a distortion of the red blood cells into a sickle shape, hindering blood flow and often causing tiredness and pain. Tsonga revealed in February that he has been diagnosed with the condition, and had known about it for about five years.

It's not the only health issues he has had to deal with in recent times as he was kept out of action for seven months in 2018 by a knee injury, and subsequent surgery. Tsonga naturally struggled on his return to the tour last September, winning just one of his six matches, ending the year at 239th in the world, having begun the season inside the top 15.

The former world No. 5 made a positive start to 2019, reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane and winning the title in Montpellier (either side of a second-round loss to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open), working his way back into the top 120 in the process. He also made the quarter finals in Rotterdam, but all that momentum was sucked by his recent enforced inactivity. Can the Frenchman rediscover his early-season form for the clay-court season?

Tsonga is back in Morocco for the first time since he made the semi-finals in 2008, when the tournament was still staged in Casablanca, and he made a winning return on Monday, beating Germany's Cedrick-Marcel Stebe 6-1 7-6. He now sets his sights on Edmund as he targets his third quarter final of the season.

Edmund and Tsonga are not to dissimilar, as they share the same strengths and relative weaknesses. They rely heavily on their forehands, and do not particularly like hitting backhands. Tsonga has probably got the edge on serve and athletic ability, but Edmund is no slouch in those departments. Crucially, the Brit looks more comfortable hitting over his backhand- a shot that he's clearly been working on- and that could prove to be the difference between these two very closely-matched players.

Kyle Edmund vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is live from Marrakech on Wednesday, 10 April from 4:30pm local time/ 4:30pm BST

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Edmund vs Tsonga ATP Marrakech Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Edmund and Tsonga meet for the first time with Marrakech quarter final spot on the line

Kyle Edmund an Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meet for the first time on Wednesday as they battle for a quarter final spot in Marrakech. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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