French tennis star Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the Davis Cup tie against Ecuador due to a "small health problem following a third COVID-19 vaccine dose." France are set to take on Ecuador in a Davis Cup qualifying tie from March 4-5.
France team captain Sebastian Grosjean nominated Monfils for the tie and said the 35-year-old would be their No. 1 player for the tie. Unfortunately for the French team, they will have to do it without Monfils. Monfils is hoping to be ready to play the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami.
Gael Monfils needing a rest after a "small health problem following his third dose" Skips the Davis Cup. Hoping to be back for Indian Wells and Miami. https://t.co/hklJdsvPgN — Tennis Majors (@Tennis_Majors) February 22, 2022
Monfils' last match didn't go well
Monfils played in Montpellier earlier this month, where he suffered a shock 6-1 6-2 loss to Elias Ymer.
"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." At the Australian Open, Monfils made the quarterfinal before losing in five sets to Matteo Berrettini.
"In many of the matches in my Grand Slam career, I have never managed to play my 'A Game', in quarters or semis," Monfils said. "Sometimes there are opportunities but I don't take them well. People tend to trivialize the fact of arriving in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam, but when these opportunities arise, you have to seize them. I want to always believe in it and put myself in a better position to reach even higher."