Gael Monfils announces injury will keep him out of French Open



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Gael Monfils announces injury will keep him out of French Open

French tennis star Gael Monfils has announced his withdrawal from the French Open and Lyon. Monfils has been bothered by a calcaneal spur for quite some time and he has missed several events this clay season. Monfils was scheduled to kick off his grass season at the Monte Carlo Masters but pulled out of because of the injury.

Monfils played his first clay event of the year at the Madrid Masters, where he was beaten in the second round by Novak Djokovic. Last week, Monfils skipped the Rome Masters. Monfils also won't play in Lyon this week and he will also miss the French Open, which starts this Sunday.

"Hi all, I regret to inform you that I am forced to withdraw from Open Parc de Lyon and the French Open next week. I have been bothered by a calcaneal spur since Monte-Carlo at my right heel which prevents me from moving properly on court," Monfils announced on Twitter.

"I have decided to undergo a small procedure this week to treat the issue before returning to competitive play. I will keep you updated about my progress when I have more news."

Monfils to become a father

Monfils and fellow tennis pro Elina Svitolina tied the knot last summer. This past weekend, Monfils and Svitolina announced that they are expecting their first child in October.

Monfils and Svitolina announced the happy news in a joint statement over the weekend. "With a heart full of love and happiness, we are delighted to announce that we are expecting a baby girl in October," Monfils and Svitolina announced over the weekend.

Both Monfils and Svitolina won't be playing at the French Open. Svitolina hasn't played at all this clay season as she decided to take a break after Miami. It remains to be seen if Monfils will be ready to return to action during the grass season.