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Henri Leconte believes Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has what it takes to cause an upset at Wimbledon after an impressive showing at the French Open.
Tsonga stormed on to the scene in 2008 as was very much an unknown quantity, but he demonstrated his power and quality during the Australian Open.
A first round victory over Brit Andy Murray Down Under meant that people started to take notice, before he went on to see off a number of highly rated opponents, including Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals,beforehe was eventually stopped by Novak Djokovic in the final.
His compatriot Leconte claims Tsonga has come on leaps and bounds since he burst on to the scene five years ago, claiming he has improved on the weaker facets of his game.
The 28-year-old has reached the semi-finals at SW19 for the past two years and Leconte insists that the man from Le Mans has his best chance of winning a Grand Slam on grass.
Leconte said: “I think Jo has the skill and the game to play well at Wimbledon. He’s been to the semis before and he can produce some good tennis. He’s happy to play on grass, and he’s stronger physically and mentally.
“A lot will depend on the draw. I think he’s capable of winning a grand slam sometime, maybe Wimbledon or the Australian Open as those are the surfaces that suit him best. He did really well in Paris, reaching the semi-finals as he didn’t think that he could play that well on the clay.”