Tsonga upset with organisers

Tsonga upset with organisers

No home advantage

Tsonga upset with organisers

Jo-wilfried TsongaTsonga, seeded eighth in Paris, asked organisers if he could start his Roland Garros campaign either on Monday or Tuesday but his request was turned down and the burly right-hander made his bow on Sunday's low-key opening day programme.

"We are in France. I'm French. I'm French number one. I would have thought it was legitimate for me to be listened to, that I would be given a choice. They should listen to me when I wanted to play or start," Tsonga told reporters after his 6-0, 6-1, 6-4 second-round win over compatriot Josselin Ouanna on Wesnesday. "I had asked not to play on a Sunday because I had practised in such a way that I thought I wanted to play on a Monday or Tuesday, to be totally fit.

"But they imposed it on me. If you're world No 80 and you're not that important in the hierarchy, if I can say, loads of things are imposed on you in this case.

"What really bothered me is that, you know, if you look at (Andy) Murray, if he decides on a day or hour at Wimbledon, nobody is going to impose anything on him." Fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet also had his request to play on Monday or Tuesday denied by organisers and played his first-round match against Briton Murray just two days after beating Fernando Verdasco in the Nice Open final.

Gasquet won the first two sets in dazzling fashion before running out of steam, bowing out after a five-set battle. "24 hours (of recuperation), it's important. It would have made a difference but I knew I could play either on Monday or Tuesday," said Gasquet.
"I needed some luck. I did not get any."

That kind of bad luck would not strike Roger Federer or other top names in the sport, according to Tsonga. "For Federer in his country it's the same," he said.
"In the US I suppose it's the same thing for the best American players. I expected a bit more from the organisers."