French star Gael Monfils withdraws from Roland Garros with injury


Gael Monfils announced on Wednesday, May 31, that he will be withdrawing from the upcoming French Open owing to a left wrist injury that he aggravated during his opening round match against Sebastian Baez on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

He suffered the injury prior to this year and had to cancel his participation in the Miami Open. Monfils, 36, who is ranked 394th in the world, stated that he played in the 1st round at Roland Garros despite the injury.

During a press conference, Monfils informed reporters, “Actually, physically, I’m quite fine. He added that he was very happy this morning. He woke up quite well, however, he had a wrist problem that he was unable to fix. “Felt it during the match, actually the whole match [yesterday]. And unfortunately even [though] we pushed it ’til tonight, just came back again for another exam, and yes, waited a little bit,” Monfils told reporters in a press conference.”

He also stated that the doctor advised him not to play with that sort of injury. “Yesterday was actually very risky, and then today definitely said I should stop.”

Monfils, who was competing in his 16th French Open, sounded hopeful about regaining full fitness before the grass-court season, but he is unsure of the exact extent of the wrist injury.