A down year for one of the biggest personalities in tennis has hit another bad note.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who retired down two sets to Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open quarterfinals, is out through the Asian swing with continued problems on his left knee.
A four time winner in Metz, Tsonga had already withdrawn from that 250 event next week, where he was also the defending champion (his only title in the last 24 months). This latest news means he will miss the inaugural event in Chengdu (also a 250), followed by Beijing (a 500) and the Masters 1000 in Shanghai. By missing Shanghai, Tsonga will drop the most valuable result on his ranking, 600 points, as he made the final in 2015, losing to Djokovic. The Frenchman has not made a final since then.
Currently ranked 12th, the lost chunk of time and points means Tsonga will likely slip out of the top 15. In the event he happens to be done for the season (which would make sense, with only a couple weeks of events following Shanghai), he’d finish in the lower end of the top 20.
Since his breakthrough in 2008, the 31 year old has finished between 6th and 13th for the last eight seasons, tallying six top 10 seasons.