A few days following his sudden withdrawal from the BT&T Atlanta Open, swash-buckling Frenchman Gael Monfils has officially withdrawn from next week’s Citi Open in Washington.
Monfils, who was one of the higher seeds at the tournament, removed himself from the draw after it appeared that his nagging knee injury would heal in the estimated time period. Overall, this is the fourth time this season that Monfils has withdrawn from an event. Earlier in the season, his main concern was an ankle injury, which he eventually nursed back to health.
The Frenchman has been out of action since his second round loss to Jiri Vesely at the Wimbledon Championships. Prior to that he had reached the quarter-final round of the French Open before losing to British No. 1 and world No. 10 Andy Murray. Considering the Washington tournament is one of the crucial tournaments in the US Open Series ahead of the final Grand Slam of the season, Monfils is aware that he is sacrificing significant warm-up time on hard courts.
The Citi Open takes place between July 8 – August 3rd in Washington DC.