Monfils withdraws from Monte-Carlo

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The return of the Gael Monfils tournament will have to wait.

The 34-year-old Frenchman withdrew from the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters because of a calf injury that he had exacerbated in practice.

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Monfils, who announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Elina Svitolina last week, announced his retirement on social media.

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– Gael Monfils (@Gael_Monfils) April 11, 2021

"Unfortunately, I am forced to withdraw from the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters," wrote Monfils on Twitter. "I have had pain in the bottom of my calf for the past 10 days and it got worse during my last workout yesterday.

"On the advice of the medical staff, I took an ultrasound that confirmed the extent of the injury. As a result, I am forced to postpone my return to the game. However, I remain positive and optimistic for the rest of the season."

The 14th Monfils has only played two games against Emil Ruusuvuori this season when he lost by five sets in his last game in the first round of the Australian Open.

Photo credit: ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament Facebook

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