Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the ASB Classic that takes place in Auckland this week. The Frenchman has been dealing with a thigh muscle injury for some days and he will not able to play in New Zealand. Monfils picked the injury while training in the tournament, he was supposed to open his campaign against Ugo Humbert on Tuesday but he will now be replaced by the lucky loser Pablo Cuevas.
Monfils is just one of the several top players who have withdrawn from Auckland after Roberto Bautista Agut, who has not yet recovered from the Qatar Open run, and Tomas Berdych who lost to the Spaniard in the final. In a news conference, Monfils said: "I have a problem with my leg, with my quadriceps.
I have had pain for two days with my quadriceps and unfortunately, I am not able to play the tournament. It's really tough in many ways, it's been 10 days that I've in Australia and Auckland, I've been practising.
I committed with Karl (Budge, tournament director) that I won't play the first week. Last year in the first week I won the tournament (in Doha), but I was happy and excited to come back here because it's been years that I didn't come back and play the tournament.
I had great support the last time I came here (in 2013). I was a wildcard as well and this I don't forget, it was a big help from Karl. So I'm disappointed about the situation I've put myself and the tournament through because obviously, this year is tough because they've had a couple of retirements.
I was super excited, I came here on Saturday. I love the city, the fans are always great. It was great to see Karl again and it was a tough decision for me to make today that I'm not playing. I'm quite sad." ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title