Gael Monfils Withdraws From Lyon Open Week Prior To French Open

Gael Monfils Withdraws From Lyon Open Week Prior To French Open

by Zachary Wimer

Gael Monfils hoped to fine-tune his clay tennis at the 2024 Lyon Open this week, but he withdrew from the ATP 250 event on the day of his match.

The Frenchman's career was never without injuries, unfortunately. Despite being incredibly gifted, his body never really developed into an invincible one. Even when he was at his peak a decade ago, Monfils had to deal with minor injuries all the time, and obviously, that was not going to improve as he aged.

He was supposed to fine-tune his clay form this week in Lyon ahead of the Roland Garros, where he famously once stood in the semi-final against Roger Federer. The veteran, though, won't be playing as he was forced to withdraw from the ATP 250 event.

Monfils released a statement after his withdrawal, apologizing to the fans. , but he didn't really say why it happened. The obvious reason is a physical issue, and apparently also a fever.

"Hello everyone, unfortunately I will not be able to play this edition. Honestly I love the tournament, I hope that you will still enjoy this edition and there are some great players. I wish you a great tournament and I'll see you soon!"

Monfils on his withdrawal

"The fever and some health problems are keeping me in check... Not the best timing, eh? We pause training for two days on the advice of my doctor, then we evaluate the rest. Let's stay positive and ready for what's to come! Thank you for your support, I am super motivated to come back fully for Roland Garros. We will come back stronger, I promise!"

He hasn't had the best year so far, with an overall record of only 12-12. He also hasn't really played a lot lately either because of physical issues that continue to plague him.


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