Jo Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) plays a forehand against Roger Federer
Aug 10, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Jo Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) plays a forehand against Roger Federer (not pictured) in the mens final on day seven of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Rexall Centre - Tsonga won 7-5 7-6. REUTERS

One of the top players in the men’s singles competition in tennis, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will miss the 2015 Australian Open due to an injury to his right forearm. The French star, who is ranked 12th in the world, has struggled with the same injury since the 2014 Davis Cup where his country, France, lost to Roger Federer’s and Stan Wawrinka’s Switzerland, which was their first-ever Davis Cup title. Tsonga played in the exhibition matches for the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) during the season break but withdrew from the 2015 Hopman Cup scheduled this week

Tsonga posted on Twitter to show his disappointment with the injury that will cause him to miss the first tennis Grand Slam of the year. The 29-year-old Frenchman also said that the injury is preventing him from his full “capacities in a competition” so it was wiser to just heal first.

It’s with a big disappointment that I have to postpone today the start of my season...

— Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (@tsonga7) January 7, 2015

“I’m still suffering from a forearm inflammation [intersection syndrome] and that prevents me being at 100 per cent of my capacities in a competition,” Tsonga also said on his official website. “Then I’m going to receive over three weeks all the needed treatments to be able to be back on track in the best conditions.”

Tsonga, who has one of the fastest and strongest serves in the men’s tour, is one of the few players who is a constant threat to men’s singles’ elite Federer, Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Rafael Nadal (Spain). He reached the finals of the 2008 Australian Open, reached the semifinals twice at the Wimbledon Championships in 2011 and 2012 and once at the French Open in 2013. He also reached the quarters of the 2011 US Open.

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