Tsonga to Skip Southern Open in Cinncinati

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has injured his leg by walking into a fire hydrant in Toronto. The Frenchman was forced to withdraw from next week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati
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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has injured his leg by walking into a fire hydrant in Toronto. The Frenchman was forced to withdraw from next week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Recently, Tsonga won the longest match in Olympic tennis history when he defeated Canadian Milos Raonic, 6-3, 3-6, 25-23.  Although he did not win a medal in singles, he claimed the men's doubles silver medal with his partner, Michael Llodra.

"Jo walked into a fire hydrant (sticking out of a building) while walking in the streets, which caused the injury, but his participation at the US Open is not in doubt," said Tsonga's agent in a statement.

The Frenchman was also recently knocked out of the Toronto Masters in the second round when he lost to Jeremy Chardy. Tsonga needs 10 days to recover from the injury which required eight stiches in his right knee.  He will be back in shape to play in the U.S. Open which begins Aug. 27.