Tricolor tennis will still have to do without its number 1 in the Grand Slam. Already forfeited at Roland-Garros, Gaël Monfils officially withdrew from Wimbledon (June 27-July 10) on Thursday. Deprived of competition for almost two months – his last appearance dates back to the Masters 1000 in Madrid at the beginning of May -, the Frenchman resumed training a few days ago but felt that his preparation was too short to line up on the grass. of the All England Club. The return to the circuit is nevertheless close as he intends to do the clay court tour in July.
“I got back to training this week and felt really good. I will therefore be able to gradually increase the intensity of my sessions from now on and spend more time on the court to get back in shape from a physical and tennis point of view. Because of this recent comeback and the physical demands of lawn tennis combined with those of best-of-five-set matches, my team and I have made the decision not to play Wimbledon this year.“, thus indicated the person concerned in a message published on social networks.
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Given this context, the withdrawal of Monfils is therefore not a big surprise. Taking risks at this stage of his career for his least successful Grand Slam tournament – his best result being a round of 16 in 2018 – didn’t make much sense. Especially since the Frenchman is already thinking about the continuation and a recovery on clay in July.
“I will prepare for the summer and I will return to competition in Hamburg (July 18-24 next, Editor’s note) and Kitzbühel (July 25-30) before the American tour on hard“, he concluded. We can only hope for him and French tennis that this is indeed the starting point for a good second half of the season and that his body does not betray him at In 2022, Monfils got off to a good start with a title in Adelaide then a quarter-final at the Australian Open, before experiencing repeated physical problems.
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