French Open: Ernests Gulbis through as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retires after seven games with groin injury
A tearful Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is consolidated by Ernests Gulbis (Photo: Eurosport)

French Open: Ernests Gulbis through as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retires after seven games with groin injury

After just seven games, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was forced to retire from his match against Ernest Gulbis due to a groin injury he sustained during the match.

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Ernests Gulbis booked his spot into round four at Roland Garros on court Philippe Chatrier following a groin injury from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Latvian will go up against David Goffin, who was pushed to five sets by Nicolas Almagro

Tsonga starts well, sustains injury and forced to retire

Following a delay in the play due to a two-hour rain delay and the completion of a women's match, Tsonga and Gulbis eventually took to the courts. Tsonga held his opening service game, before putting Gulbis under pressure at 15-40. The Latvian was forced to save both break points and as he looked to close the game out, another break point went against him. Once more he would save the point, but this time, he held on and secured his first game. Two games later and the top ranked Frenchman would break Gulbis to love and go 3-1 up. As the number six seed looked to consolidate, he would have to work hard to hold his serve, saving four breaks along the way before holding for a clear 4-1 lead.

Ernests Gulbis hitting a forehand shot (Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Ernests Gulbis hitting a forehand shot (Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Gulbis held his second game of the set and in the following game, with the score at 40-40, having hit a backhand shot in a point he lost, there was a grimace on the face of the world number seven which indicated an injury. Despite going on to hold for 5-2, he called a medical timeout and headed indoors with the trainer. Following this, Tsonga came back out and shook hands with Gulbis and retired from the match. Tsonga left the court with the towel over his head and in tears. This coming only a day after nine-time champion Rafael Nadal announced his withdrawal from the tournament in a press conference. This now leaves Gasquet as the only French player male and female left in the tournament. 

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