The Race for London ended today with the two JTs, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic, scoring wins at the Paris Tennis Masters to clinch the last two spots at the London Finals next week.
Tsonga and Tipsarevic join Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro in the singles line-up, as the world’s best players battle for the last title of the season at The O2.
Tsonga will make his third trip to the finals, Tipsarevic his second after replacing Andy Murray last year.
“It’s really important for me to have qualified. With the big four at the moment, it’s not easy to get rewards in tennis, so for me this is one of my rewards. It feels good to be a part of it,” Tsonga said. “I have some great memories from last year where I played the final against Roger. It was huge for me, one of the big moments of my career.”
Tsonga, Tipsarevic, Berdych and Ferrer who is in a third set with Stanislas Wawrinka remain in the Paris event.
This weekend, the final eight will be divided into two groups of four based on random, alternating rankings. Richard Gasquet will assume the alternate role unless Gilles Simon wins Paris.
Last year Federer defeated Tsonga in three sets in the final.
The event begins on Monday.
The final eight field:
1 Novak Djokovic
2 Roger Federer
3 Andy Murray
5 David Ferrer
6 Tomas Berdych
7 Juan Martin del Potro
8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
9 Janko Tipsarevic
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