Tennis - Tsonga 'will break Grand Slam duck'

Jo Wilfried-Tsonga’s new coach Roger Rasheed believes the Frenchman will one day win a Grand Slam tournament.

Tennis - Tsonga 'will break Grand Slam duck'

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DATE IMPORTED:January 9, 2013Jo-Wilfried Tsonga speaks with his coach Roger Rasheed (Reuters)

Tsonga has defeated all of the ATP’s current top four in Grand Slam action, and Rasheed says it is only a matter of time before his charge goes all the way.

“Jo has already been to a Grand Slam final (the 2008 Australian Open) and I believe he’s a player that can grab a Grand Slam title,” said Rasheed.

“The good thing is that he’s a player that believes he can win a Grand Slam title, too.”

He continued: “When we got together I told him it would take a while to come together, but working with Jo is exciting.

“He has the game to make a real impact. He can be dangerous anywhere, but particularly on grass, because it’s natural to him.

“The most important thing for me is that he wants to make every day, in training and on the court, a day to remember.”

Tsonga has confirmed he will once again compete in the Aegon Championship at Queen’s, London’s famous warm-up tournament a fortnight before Wimbledon.

And having made the final once before, losing to Andy Murray in 2011, the world number eight wants another extended run at Queen’s before taking the momentum into the Grand Slam in hopes of winning ‘the big one’ on grass.

“The Aegon Championships is what tennis is all about,” said Tsonga. “It is full of history.

“For me you can not have a better tennis tournament. It’s a special place.

“I entered the top 100 for the first time at Queen’s Club when I beat Lleyton Hewitt, who was the defending champion.

“It was also the first time that I did my ‘dance’ celebration (points his thumbs to his back) and the British people loved it.

“For me it’s a pleasure to be there. I’ve always played well on grass and I expect to win tournaments on it, so we will see what happens at Queen’s and at Wimbledon.”

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