Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Women’s tennis players are more emotionally unstable

Jo-Wilfried-TsongaJo-Wilfried Tsonga was asked a fairly simple question at the Australian Open on Wednesday, but he gave a pretty complex response — one that certainly isn’t going to score him any points with the ladies. A reporter brought up the fact that it has been common over the last several years for the top four seeds in men’s tournaments to advance to the semifinals. The same has not been true on the women’s side, and Tsonga was asked why he supposes that has been the case.

“You know, the girls, they are more unstable emotionally than us,” he replied according to the Australian Open’s website. “I’m sure everybody will say it’s true, even the girls (laughter). No? No, you don’t think?

“But, I mean, it’s just about hormones and all this stuff. We don’t have all these bad things, so we are physically in a good shape every time, and you are not. That’s it.”

As USA Today pointed out, English is Tsonga’s second language. Perhaps he meant to say something else and it came out wrong. Or maybe that time he took a ball to the man region has affected his ability to think clearly. If not, it’s going to be tough for him to argue that he’s not a sexist dude. The “unstable emotionally” comment was rough enough. The whole hormone thing? Forget about it.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Egan/1085655756 Mike Egan

    It seems pretty obvious this man is not married… any man that suggests impaired attitude or ability in females due to hormone imbalances does not live with the female(s) he is referring to.  Ahh the simple logic of the Frenchman…too funny.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CXGQOBBII4ZJUGSKDFN25ZRKKM Mike

    Tsonga said the truth. DelVecchio, the author of this article, is clearly kissing up to the rare woman who reads his poor articles. As Tsonga says, girls ARE more unstable: why do many of them scream with each point? Biologically, girls DO have hormonal cycles, and PMS is a REAL medical problem. Ya can’t argue w/ facts.

  • dc59skins

    What would anyone expect from an arrogant Frenchman!  What about the men players who get emotional on the court?  What’s their excuse?  They’re having an estrogen imbalance?  How many male players have had emotional outbursts on the court during matches and have broken rackets?  As for the grunting on the court, there are male players who grunt as well. 

    Well, I hope he’s enjoying that ride home…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CXGQOBBII4ZJUGSKDFN25ZRKKM Mike

    The fact remains, all of the top 4 men made it to the semifinals. 
    The women? #1,2,6 and 29th ranked. 
    Also, why do the women get paid the same as men, when they only play best of 3, but the men must win the best of 5?  If it was the other way around, the women would show just how HORMONAL they could get!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.spletstoser Eric Spletstoser

    The proper answer would have been to say that the law of averages bears true the longer you test. So with 3 sets you could have a bad set and be “out of the match” while a best of 5 will give you ample chance to make up the imbalance in your play… but I do agree with Tsonga to a point.. I see many of the “top” players not doing the things that the men are doing to prep and adapt their games. Wozniacki for one… and don’t even get me started on the backloaded ranking system!!!

  • Kenton Campbell

    His point was proven last night