Former world No. 7 David Goffin has put an end to his 2021 season as he wants to focus properly on healing his troublesome knee. Goffin, now ranked at No. 30 in the world, has been bothered by a knee injury for quite some time.
After retiring his first round match in Halle, Goffin skipped Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. After returning to the Tour following a two-month break, Goffin suffered two easy straight-set defeats and it was clear that he was far from his best.
Goffin clinched a few notable results in the first two months of the season, winning Montpellier and making the semifinal in Antalya 2. "Hi guys, I wanted to tell you that I am ending my 2021 season," Goffin announced on Instagram.
"I have had knee pain for a long time and I need time to heal properly. I would like to fully recover from all the injuries I have had lately to come back stronger next year. I apologize to all the tournaments and fans but I will see you in 2022!"
Goffin returned to action at the Winston-Salem Open
Last month, Goffin made his comeback to tennis courts but it didn't go well since he suffered a 6-3 6-3 loss to Guido Pella in the Winston-Salem first round.
"Now you have to trust the rebuilding process. I did not expect to win every game directly on my return. It is never obvious when you come back from an injury, especially in the ankle, there is always apprehension," Goffin said after the Pella loss.
"It was a difficult match already at the start, a comeback match, the first day, on center court. Overall, he was better all over the place. I had some good spells, but he was very served well the whole match. I had difficulty returning well, it is a point to work on.
He moves very well, he is solid, I committed a lot of unforced errors and it costs me the game." Goffin didn't impress at the US Open either, losing in straight sets to Mackenzie McDonald.