01.27.08 10 years ago 11 Comments

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost the Australian Open Championship to Novak Djokovic (4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (2)) today, but that hasn't stopped Tsonga from comparing himself to Muhammad Ali:

Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's resemblance to a young Muhammad Ali has caused quite a stir at the year's first grand slam. The young French tennis player does, however, have a more tangible connection with the former world heavyweight boxing champion. "My father was at the fight at Kinshasa because he's from Brazzaville," Tsonga told an astonished press pack on Saturday. "He took some photos, so I have some souvenirs . . . Yeah, of course, I watch some DVDs," Tsonga said, adding that there were other things he admired in the 66-year-old. "Maybe his personality on the court. Maybe I think I have the same (in) tennis as his (in) boxing."

I kind of look like Tom Brady if you have an eyesight restriction on your driver's license and you've had a fistful of rufies, but I don't think I could quarterback a team to the Super Bowl or bed a super model. I have as much in common with Brady as a French tennis player has with the greatest boxer of all time except I had a walking cast one time and dated a girl named Bridget. Point: me. -KD  

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