I wasn't' aware of that. It is just ages since Wimbledon (a whole month....!!!), and he seemed to have dropped off the radar completely.
I seem to recall Tsonga pulling out of Montreal and Cincy, because I remember thinking that he had to pull out of Cincy last year as a result of running into a fire hydrant in Toronto and badly cutting his knee. He doesn't seem to have much luck with knees! He's not the sort of player anyway to make a big issue out of things.
My frustration over Nadal is colouring my perception generally about tennis at the moment. Apologies.
I'm starting to have a thought though. Tsonga says he was told by doctors it would take five months for the tendon to fully heal, so could it possibly be that there's some truth in Nadal's story, even if it's a convenient one? There's no doubt though that his coming back after 8 months out and winning everything in sight is still, shall we say, quite remarkable.
September sounds very optimistic. Petch suggested we might not see Jo again this year. I hope we do. He's one of my favourites.
I just hope he doesn't try to push himself too hard to play in Metz, but I can understand his reason for making it his goal since he won the title there in 2011 and 2012, and also it's home territory.