Wimbledon - Tsonga to play AEGON Championships at Queen's
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has confirmed his entry to this June's AEGON Championships at Queen's Club in South West London.
Last year's runner-up Tsonga, the world number six, thrilled Queen’s last year with his big serve, diving volleys and extravagant celebrations, and narrowly lost out to Andy Murray in a pulsating, three-set final.
After confirming he will play at the AEGON Championships again in 2012, the Frenchman said that last year's event was a turning point for him as he went on to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon and the final of the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals, also in London.
"I had an incredible year in 2011, and it all started there (at Queen's)," said Tsonga, who is yet to win a grass court title. "For me it is really nice, the organisers are very friendly with me, I like the crowd, and it was a really good atmosphere in the final.
"I beat Lleyton Hewitt there in 2007 to get into the top 100 for the first time and that’s where I started to do my celebration like this (he demonstrates his thumb-pointing jump).
"I know that I can beat everybody on grass, so why not (win Wimbledon)? I know on grass that I am a good player. I go to the net and I serve well."
Murray, who fought back to beat Tsonga 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4 in last year’s final and has already confirmed his participation at Queen's this year, paid tribute to the Frenchman.
"Jo was playing a different sport to me in the first two sets, I have never seen anyone dive so much," said Murray.
"He is so much fun to watch but not much fun to play against."