French tennis star Gael Monfils has signed up to play Lyon, the tournament announced on Tuesday. Monfils, 35, is set to make his third appearance on the clay courts of Lyon. Monfils, ranked at No. 24 in the world, debuted on the clay courts of Lyon in 2018.
Unfortunately for Monfils and local fans, the 35-year-old didn't impress in his debut as he suffered a shock loss to Maximilian Marterer. After three years, Monfils returned to Lyon last year. Monfils didn't impress in his second Lyon appearance either as he defeated Thiago Seyboth Wild in the first round before suffering a surprise defeat to Yoshihito Nishioka in his following match.
The Lyon event takes place the week before the French Open and it will serve the Frenchman as the final preparation for Roland Garros.
Monfils suffered a surprise defeat in Miami
On Sunday, Monfils was upset by Francisco Cerundolo as the Argentine claimed a 6-2 6-3 loss to the Frenchman.
Cerundolo, ranked at No. 103 in the world, called it the biggest victory of his career. "It's the victory of my life. I've never hit my forehand that much and I'm happy to have done it that way against such a tough opponent.
Today showed that I have the tennis necessary to win these matches. I played poorly in the previous weeks, but I've been feeling well from the moment I started practicing here. This victory means a lot because on the South American clay court tour I was very close to beating Schwartzman twice, but I didn't know how to stay calm in the decisive moments and I ended up making mistakes when he was returning the balls.
I think those meetings have helped learn how to handle those situations better," Cerundolo said after beating Monfils. Monfils has been struggling with his game since reaching the Australian Open semifinal but clay is his favorite surface and he will certainly be extremely motivated to do well during the clay season.