After accepting a late wild card into the tournament, France’s Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur citing a lingering pain in his right ankle.
“I moved around me still not well enough to play simple. I am very disappointed because last year I have been to the finals and it’s a tournament that I love,” Monfils said, according to comments included in the press release.
He did not mention what this will likely mean for his participation at Roland Garros next week.
The world No. 24 began his season with two losses to Rafael Nadal, first in the finals in Doha, then in the third round of the Australian Open. He also joined the French Davis Cup team in their 5-0 victory against Australia in January. Following a relatively strong month of March, where he lost in the third round at Indian Wells and the second round in Miami, Monfils played the role of the French saviour, as he helped his team recover from a 0-2 deficit against the depleted German team. He is 17-7 so far this season, following a recent semi-final run in Bucharest, where he was forced to retire against Grigor Dimitrov.
Monfils was replaced with Sam Querrey, who will face Albert Montanes on Wednesday afternoon for a spot in the third round.