French tennis star Gael Monfils isn't ready to return to action as he has withdrawn from Hamburg. Monfils, 35, won't be making his sixth Hamburg appearance this year.
Monfils made his Hamburg debut in 2006 and since then he has made five appearances at the German event.
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In 2011, Monfils achieved his best Hamburg result, when he reached the quarterfinal before losing to Gilles Simon. After missing out on Hamburg in 2021, Monfils was expected to return to the tournament this year. Unfortunately, that won't be happening as Monfils seems to need more time to recover from the right heel surgery he underwent mid-May.
Monfils was targeting Hamburg for his comeback
In late June, Monfils announced his Wimbledon withdrawal. In his announcement, Monfils revealed Hamburg was the target for his comeback. "Hello, I wanted to give you a quick update following my foot injury.
I have started to train again this week and I have felt really good. I will now be able to increase gradually my training and spend more time on the court to get back in shape both from a physical and tennis point of view. Due to my recent return to training and because of the physical demands of grass court tennis / best of 5 matches.
My team and I have taken the decision not to play Wimbledon this year. I will focus instead on my preparation to be ready for the summer. I will return to competition in Hamburg followed by Kizbuhel before travelling to the US.
See you all soon, Gaël," Monfils wrote on Twitter in late June. Monfils maybe won't be playing in Hamburg next week but there is still a chance we will see him back in action in Kitzbuhel. The Generali Open in Kitzbuhel kicks off July 25 and it remains to be seen if Monfils will play there.