Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga may be the highest ranked French player in the world at the moment, according to the last ATP rankings, but questions have already been raised whether the top four is a mountain too high for the 26 year old to climb.
Having looked good for the best parts of 2011, beating Roger Federer on his favorite grass court surface at Wimbledon in a five set thriller, he still did not manage to crack the top four of the ATP rankings at the end of the year, leading to questions about his sustainability and title winning credentials at the Major events.
He became the first ever player at Wimbledon to beat the Swiss Maestro after going two sets down, which started off a superb second half of the campaign for him where he won two ATP titles at Vienna and Metz and reached the finals of the season ending World Tour Finals. But not managing to bring home a Major crown after being there and thereabouts for the last four years on a consistent basis raises questions whether Jo Wilfried Tsonga is ready to take French tennis forward.
Injuries have hampered his progress in the top 10 of the ATP rankings but that does not mean that such a classy and talented player will remain without a Grand Slam title when he has been fit and playing some of the best tennis in the world.
Tsonga is also being looked at to lead the French charge in the Davis Cup this year as well but one begs to ask whether he will be able to maintain form and fitness throughout the campaign to lead them from the front.
But still, the French people are relying on Jo Wilfried Tsonga for an Olympic Gold Medal and a Grand Slam title.