13 Jan 2012

Tsonga pulls out of Kooyong Classic

11:57 am on 13 January 2012

After two rain-interrupted defeats, the French tennis player Jo Wilfried-Tsonga has withdrawn from the invitational Kooyong Classic in Melbourne.

Tsonga says he's exhausted and needs to rest ahead of the Australian Open which starts on Monday.

The world number six, who complained of jetlag after slumping to a straight-sets loss to Austria's Jurgen Melzer in the first round, was beaten by Japan's Kei Nishikori 1-6 6-4 6-1 yesterday and has elected not to play his third and final match.

Tsonga arrived in Melbourne this week after a long-haul flight from the Middle East where he won the Qatar Open following his appearance at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.