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Tsonga vs Fritz ATP Monte Carlo Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Tsonga opens Monte Carlo bid against Fritz

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 15 Apr 2019
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Taylor Fritz is live from Monte Carlo on Tuesday, 16 April from 11:00am local time/ 10:00am BST
  • Tsonga and Fritz meet for the first time

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga begins his Monte Carlo campaign on Tuesday when he takes on American, Taylor Fritz in the first round.

Tsonga is looking to win his first match in Monte Carlo since making the 2016 semi-finals, as he fell to Adrian Mannarino in his 2017 opener, and missed the tournament last year due to a knee injury.

The Frenchman made a decent start to his 2019 clay-court campaign with a semi-final run at last week's Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, beating Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, Kyle Edmund and Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets before losing to eventual champion, Benoit Paire in three sets.

Prior to that Marrakech run, Tsonga had not won a main draw match since he made the quarter finals in Rotterdam in February, as he fell in the opening round in Marseille, and subsequently announced he was skipping Indian Wells so as to manage the effects of Sickle Cell disease. (The Frenchman has been diagnosed with the medical condition which causes a distortion in the shape of the red blood cells, and affects blood circulation). The 33-year-old was back on the tour for the Miami Open, but failed to get through the qualifying rounds.

Tsonga fell out of the world's top-200 last season after missing seven months due to a knee injury, but he has played his way back to the brink of the top 100 this season, with last week's result in Marrakech taking him to No. 102 in the world.

He opened his season with a semi-final in Brisbane, and then lost to Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Australian Open- absolutely no shame in that- before going all the way in Montpellier to claim his 17th career title. That was followed by a quarter final in Rotterdam, and a first round exit in Marseille before he took that break from Indian Wells.

Tsonga has had some decent Monte Carlo campaigns in the past, making semi-finals in 2013 and 2016- can he produce another deep run in the principality. He starts his tournament against big-serving American, Taylor Fritz, who is making his debut at the tournament this week.

Fritz has not won a tour-level match since he defeated Gael Monfils in the second round of the Australian Open, and he heads into Monte Carlo on a five match losing streak.

The American was taken out by Roger Federer in the third round in Melbourne, and has subsequently fallen in the opening rounds in Delray Beach, Indian Wells, Miami and Houston. In between, he did win a Challenger tournament at Newport Beach just after the Australian Open, but he has had no joy at all at the sport's highest level. 

The American actually peaked at a career-high ranking of 40th after making the third round of the Australian Open, but he is currently down at 65th, following his post-Melbourne struggles.

Fritz had a fine junior career, reaching No. 1 in the world, and winning the US Open Boys' title, and he made a swift transition into the senior ranks, reaching the final in just his third tour-level tournament in Memphis in 2016, and climbing as high as 53rd in the world during that season. However, he had a disappointing 2017, ending the year outside the top-100.

Fritz headed back in the right direction last season, making semi-finals in Houston and Chengdu, and notably, the fourth round at Indian Wells, and the third round at the US Open. He broke into the top 50 for the first time last season, finishing at 49th in the world. He continued in that upward trajectory with solid opening to the 2019 season, reaching the quarter finals in Auckland, the third round at the Australian Open, and also winning the Newport Beach Challenger, but things have gone a bit pear shaped since then, as he hasn't won a match at any level since the end of January.

Can he get back on track against Tsonga in Monte Carlo on Tuesday?

This will be the first meeting between the two, and given their respective forms, Tsonga, who brings momentum from Marrakech, definitely starts as favourite against an opponent who is struggling for wins, and is playing at the tournament for the first time in his career.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Taylor Fritz is live from Monte Carlo on Tuesday, 16 April from 11:00am local time/ 10:00am BST

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