“Gael Monfils Withdraws from French Open Due to Wrist Injury, Alexander Zverev to Step In”

2023-05-31 22:16:00

Monfils was already physically at the limit in the five-set thriller against Baez in the night session on Tuesday. Cramps plagued him and yet he turned a 0:4 deficit in the last set into a 7:5 win.

But his departure was not due to the effort of the previous day, Monfils emphasized at a press conference:

“Physically, I’m actually quite well. I was happy to have woken up well this morning,” said Monfils. “But I have a problem with my wrist that I can’t solve. I felt it throughout yesterday’s match. We then curbed it a little but unfortunately it came back tonight.”

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After medical examinations, he was then strongly advised not to go back on the pitch on Thursday, the Frenchman explained: “The doctor said that I shouldn’t play here anymore. Yesterday that was a risk.”

The match between Monfils and Rune should have taken place on Thursday evening. Alexander Zverev now takes his place in the night session. The German meets the Slovak Alex Molcan from 8.15 p.m.

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A few minutes after Monfils announced his withdrawal from the tournament, Novak Djokovic also found out about the Frenchman’s exit in an interview with Barbara Schett live on Eurosport.

“It’s a shame for Gael and I’m also very sorry for the French fans. I know how much he wanted to play here at Roland-Garros and how much he has invested to get his body in shape”; said the Serb shortly after his second round win against Marton Fucsovics from Hungary. “You do your best but that can happen when you play four hours in the opening game. I hope his wife is fine and a family member can go far.”
Monfils’ wife Elina Svitolina won her second round match on Wednesday and is now in the 3rd round in Roland-Garros.
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