FACTBOX-Open-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Updated: January 25, 2008, 9:24 PM ET
Reuters

MELBOURNE, Jan 26 - Factbox on Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Born: April 17, 1985 in Le Mans, France

Lives: La Rippe, Switzerland

Ranking: 38 (unseeded)

Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career titles: 0

Career prize money: $484,813

Grand slam titles: 0

Best grand slam performance: Fourth round - Wimbledon (2007)

* Mother Evelyne is French, father Didier is Congolese. Both are teachers. Didier Tsonga played handball internationally for Congo.

* Bears a close resemblance to a young Muhammad Ali.

* Grew up with fellow French player Gael Monfils. Both attempted to learn how to serve like Andy Roddick.

* A top-ranked junior player, he made the semi-finals in the boys singles at the Australian Open in 2002 and 2003 and won the boy's title at the U.S. Open in 2003, beating fellow future Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis.

* Spent much of 2005 injured, first with a herniated disc in his back then later with shoulder injuries.

* Sustained abdominal injury in late 2005 that kept him out for four months. Re-occurrence of back and abdominal problems sidelined him from May to September of 2006.

* Returned to tour in 2007, winning four Challenger titles.

* Made Australian Open debut in 2007, losing to Roddick in the first round but set a tournament record for the longest known tiebreak, which he won 20-18, in the first set.

* Made fourth round at 2007 Wimbledon, his best performance at a grand slam until this year's Australian Open.

(Compiled by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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