French tennis star Gael Monfils has picked up his third consecutive tournament withdrawal as he has pulled out of Dubai. Monfils, 35, will not be making his fifth appearance in Dubai this year. Monfils, ranked at No. 25 in the world, debuted at the Dubai event in 2008, when he was beaten in the first round.
Monfils made the Dubai quarterfinal in 2017, before reaching back-to-back semifinals at the tournament in 2019 and 2020. Following the withdrawal of Monfils, a place in the Dubai main draw has opened for Sonwoo Kwon.
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Monfils last played in Montpellier
Monfils, who was among top favorites to win Montpellier, suffered a shock 6-1 6-2 loss to Mikael Ymer in his Montpellier opener.
After the match, Monfils took to Twitter where he took the full responsibility for the bad performance and vowed to come back better. "I wasn't good tonight. I don't want to tweet only the victories and the positive side.
I played badly and it would be too easy to say that I should have done it like this or like that," Monfils wrote on Twitter after the loss. "I know that many of you were expecting me at the highest level for my first tournament of the year in France and I am the first to be disappointed.
"The season just started. There will be great matches, disappointments and victories. But that's also tennis. "We win together but we also lose together. Now it's time to recover well and prepare for the next tournament."
"He is very motivated to play in the Davis Cup. It's a logical selection and he will be the French No. 1 for this meeting. After a shock loss in Montpellier, Monfils pulled out of Rotterdam, Doha and now Dubai. Monfils was nominated for France's Davis Cup tie against Ecuador, that takes place in early March.