Jo-Wilfried Tsonga talks to reporters during a press conference in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Image Credit: ABDUL RAHMAN/Gulf News

Paris: French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has announced his withdrawal from the US Open, which gets underway next week, with a left knee injury.

The 33-year-old Tsonga, a former top-5 player and currently ranked 64th, has been struggling with the injury, which has sidelined him since February and required surgery two months later.

“It takes time to heal, and now I cannot compete, so unfortunately I have to forfeit the US Open,” Tsonga said in a video posted on his Twitter account on Monday.

“I am hopeful that I will be able to start training again before the end of the season and to get back and play the next one [Slam] with certainty and in better conditions,” Tsonga said.