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VIDEO: Gael Monfils Reduced to Tears After Suffering a Bizarre Injury in Montreal at the National Bank Open

Published 08/12/2022, 12:05 AM EDT

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Gael Monfils is going through difficult times. Although he made a good start to the season by winning the Adelaide International 1 title and reaching the Australian Open quarterfinals, injuries and loss of form have plagued him in the subsequent tournaments. He missed the French Open and the entire grass-court season after suffering a right heel injury.

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Recently, the Frenchman made a comeback at the National Bank Open in Montreal. However, his run at the tournament came to an abrupt end.


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Gael Monfils retires after suffering a horrific injury at the National Bank Open

The 35-year-old was up against Jack Draper of Great Britain in the third round in Montreal. The latter began the match brightly and took the opening set 6-2. However, the Frenchman came back strongly to break Draper’s serve early in the second set.

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When the scoreline read 2-0 in the second set, Monfils suffered a horrific foot injury and fell to the ground, crying in anguish. Draper rushed towards Monfils’ end to offer him a hand of support. As Monfils sat on the chair, he was reduced to tears after suffering another injury setback.


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After a brief medical timeout, Monfils decided to continue. However, the pain didn’t seem to relent as he retired after a discussion with his team.

Draper sympathized with Monfils

Following the match, the British star wished Monfils a swift recovery from his latest injury setback. He said, “I know what it’s like to do an ankle. I did one last year and rebounded, I hope Gael is alright. I wish him all the best for the rest of the season, I guess to be in the quarter-finals is nice for myself, but it’s never how you want it to happen.”


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Draper is having an amazing run in his debut appearance in Montreal. Earlier, he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round. He will next take on Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain in the quarterfinals.

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Vatsal Shah


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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.
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