Tsonga struggled through a 7-6 (11-9), 3-6, 7-6 (7-1) decision over Lukas Dlouhy. Tsonga won just four more points than Dlouhy over the course of the 208 points in the match.
The Thailand Open first round was completed with fifth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen whipping Marko Djokovic, 6-2, 6-0, and eighth-seeded Jurgen Melzer beating Donald Young, 6-3, 6-3. Also winning first-rounders Wednesday were Viktor Troicki, Mischa Zverev and Simone Bolelli.
Djokovic is the 17-year-old brother of tournament top-seed and world No. 3-ranked Novak Djokovic, who has his first Thailand Open match Thursday. The loss Wednesday marked the ATP debut of the younger Djokovic.