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World number 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of has pulled out of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, the season’s first tournament, due to a wrist injury. This was confirmed by the Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF) yesterday.

‘I am extremely disappointed not to be able to participate in Qatar ExxonMobil Open due to a wrist injury. I hope that I will come to participate in years to come but in the meantime, I wish everyone there a good event and best wishes for 2010,’Tsonga was quoted as saying in a QTF statement.

The season’s first tournament takes place at the Khalifa Tennis Complex from January 4 to 9. World number one Roger Federer and world number two Rafael Nadal are the top two players taking part in the $1.3m tournament. Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko is also part of the 32-man field in Doha.

The organisers of the event lamented the unfortunate development, but promised to all fans that the tournament will still be an extraordinary display of the best tennis in the world.

‘We are sorry that Jo’Wilfried Tsonga will not be able to come to Qatar to participate in Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2010 due to his injury. We wish him a fast recovery and hope he will be back in action very soon,’ said Nasser Ghanem Al Khelaifi, President of QTF.

‘As a former professional tennis player myself I completely understand Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s withdrawal from the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2010. Injuries have to be taken very serious in tennis. I wish him all the best and looking forward to see him back on the tennis courts very soon’. said Karim Alami, Tournament Director of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2010, said.

The event is currently part of the ATP World Tour 250 series of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and is the first tournament of the year. Tsonga lost the Australian Open final to Federer in 2007


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