There was a special video played on the big screen as well as the Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all paid tribute.
“Jo is one of the most charismatic tennis players ever to play the game,” world No 1 Djokovic said. “I was very happy to share the court with him many times. He brought a lot of positive attention and popularity to our sport, not just because of his dynamic game style, but also his charisma and personality – he has made his mark and legacy in our sport.”
Roger Federer said: “Congratulations for an enormous career, I took great pleasure to play against you, even to lose against you. We had some great battles all these years, we are going to miss you on the circuit.”
Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, praised the charismatic Frenchman.
“He is very charismatic. I’ve known him since we were kids. I think he brings a lot of positive things to our sport so I am sad to see him go,” the 21-time Grand Slam champion said.
Tsonga himself was thankful for being part of a great adventure.
“Today is a big day. A day that I say goodbye. I’d like to thank everyone that has come with me on this adventure,” the 37-year-old said.
“I had the luck and the opportunity to do all of this. It’s been amazing to be part of a wonderful generation of French players.
Read more at: Emotional Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bows out as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer pay tribute (msn.com)
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