Metz - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga made an unsuccessful return to
competition on Tuesday, losing 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 to defending champion Peter
Gojowczyk of Germany in the first round of the Moselle Open.
Tsonga, a three-time winner in Metz, played his first match
since February after recovering from a knee injury.
Gojowczyk won the tournament as a qualifier last year for
his maiden tour title. Against Tsonga, he saved all three break points and hit
17 aces. He will be up against top-seeded Kei Nishikori for a spot in
Fifth-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili also advanced by defeating
qualifier Kenny De Schepper 6-2, 7-6 (0) while Ugo Humbert rallied from a set
down to beat Bernard Tomic 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4.