Tsonga to drop into Challenger event
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will enter a Challenger event in Bordeaux later this month and play his first match at that level since 2007.
The Frenchman, who was laid low for seven months last year with a knee injury, will enter the Monte Carlo Masters with his protected ranking and then close out the month at the Bordeaux Challenger.
It will see him return to this lower level of competition for the first time since 2007 as he has opted against asking for a wildcard for the ATP events in Estoril or Munich in order to compete on home soil.
Tsonga has won eight Challenger titles in his career and has so far posted 62 wins at that level.
At Bordeaux, he could come up against the likes of Thanasi Kokkinakis, Steve Darcis, Adrian Mannarino and Tommy Robredo, who are also scheduled to play.
Tsonga, who underwent a small operation nine days ago, beat Britain's Kyle Edmund at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Morocco on Wednesday.
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