Gael Monfils Announced Sad News Ahead of Monte Carlo Masters 2021

Published 04/11/2021, 5:19 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 France’s Gael Monfils after losing his first round match against Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


Former finalist at Monte Carlo Masters and French stalwart Gael Monfils announced a disappointing news ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters 2021. The French player has now withdrawn from the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Monaco because of a calf injury.

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In his tweet, Monfils revealed some details of his withdrawal. An apparent calf injury has been plaguing Monfils for the past week and it sore recently.

“Sadly I am forced to withdraw from the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters. I have been feeling some pain at the bottom of my calf for the last ten days and it got worse yesterday during my last practice.”

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Gael Monfils in action during his first-round match against Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

By Monfils’ words, the injury looks significant. He hasn’t mentioned how long he will be out, but it looks like a couple of weeks. Although the injury set back, Monfils is optimistic about the season and hopes to return soon.

“On the advice of the medical staff, I took an ultrasound which has confirmed the extent of the injury. Therefore, I am forced to postpone my return to play. However, I remain positive and optimistic for the rest of the season. I will start specific treatment from today in the hope to return to play as soon as possible. Thank you for your support, Gael”

Gael Monfils and his on-court struggles in 2021

On the court, 2021 couldn’t get worse for Monfils. He had an embarrassing first-round exit at the Australian Open 2021. It ended emotionally for him after he broke down during his press conference. Monfils is currently on a seven-match losing streak that stretches back to Dubai Tennis Championships 2020.

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Gael Monfils leaves court after losing his first round match against Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

At Monte Carlo, Gael Monfils is a former runner-up in 2016. He was defeated by Rafael Nadal. But since then he is yet to make an appearance in the tournament

Off the court though, Monfils is in a great place after his engagement to long-time girlfriend and WTA World No.5 Elina Svitolina.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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