Kyle Edmund knocked out of Grand Prix Hassan II in Morocco by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Britain’s Kyle Edmund exited the Grand Prix Hassan II in Morocco, suffering defeat to a resurgent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Wednesday.

Edmund, runner-up in last year’s tournament, has been hoping for a good run at the clay-court event in Marrakesh to enable him to climb into the world’s top 20 from his current position of 22.

But Wild Card Tsonga, who was laid low for seven months last year with a knee injury, proved too powerful for Edmund and won through 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 after an hour and 31 minutes.

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Frenchman Tsonga, ranked 116, has been showing signs of improvement in his game having already claimed the Open Sud de France title in February.

Edmund did not face a break point in the opening set but veteran Tsonga took his chance in the fifth game of the second and then broke again to seal victory.

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