World No. 24 Gael Monfils has been forced to withdraw from the Casablanca Open with an ankle injury he suffered during a practice session on Wednesday. The extent of the injury was not revealed.
Monfils, who was scheduled to meet Jiri Vesely in the second round of the event, after Vesely defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-3 in the opening round.
Gael Monfils withdraws from Casablanca with a right ankle injury. Took a bad fall in practice. #atp
— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) April 9, 2014
Monfils is 1-1 in Casablanca, and has not participated at the event since his second round loss to Oscar Hernandez back in 2008. His withdrawl this year is a blow to the event, as he was seeded second could have set up fantastic clashes with Benoit Paire and Kevin Anderson in the later stages of the tournament.
Monflis is returning to Paris, where he will examine the injury to determine the extent of the damage. His participation at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, which officially begins next Monday, is uncertain.