Gael Monfils withdraws from Queen's, Eastbourne

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Gael Monfils withdraws from Queen's, Eastbourne

French tennis star Gael Monfils is set to miss a good portion of the grass season as he has withdrawn from Queen's and Eastbourne. Monfils, 35, missed the majority of the clay season as he competed in only one event during the European clay swing.

The week before the French Open, Monfils underwent a right heel surgery that kept him out of the second Grand Slam of the season. After missing his home Grand Slam tournament, Monfils is set to miss at least two grass events during this year's grass season.

Monfils has played at the Queen's Club five times throughout his career - but hasn't played at the tournament since 2010.

Monfils' best result at the Queen's Club came long ago in 2006, when the Frenchman reached the quarterfinal before retiring versus James Blake. In Eastbourne, Monfils has made two appearances. Monfils came close to winning Eastbourne in 2017, when he made the final before losing to Novak Djokovic.

Monfils decided to repair a heel problem

During the clay season, Monfils competed only in Madrid. After Madrid, Monfils decided to address his right heel injury and surgically repair it. "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 the week before the French Open. "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." While sidelined, Monfils is spending time with his wife and fellow tennis player Elina Svitolina. Last month, Svitolina announced pregnancy as she and Monfils are expecting a baby girl in October.