Nick Kyrgios, Gael Monfils withdraw from Doha

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Nick Kyrgios, Gael Monfils withdraw from Doha

Six-time ATP champion Nick Kyrgios and former world No. 6 Gael Monfils have both withdrawn from the upcoming Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha. Kyrgios, a former world No. 13, had been expected to make his debut on the hard courts of Doha as he has no previous appearances at the tournament.

Meanwhile, world No. 12 Monfils has played in Doha many times throughout his career and he has had success on the hard courts of Doha.

Monfils debuted in Doha in 2005, when he made the round-of-16 before losing to Fabrice Santoro. The Frenchman finished runner-up at the event in 2006, 2012 and 2018, before winning it all at the tournament in 2018.

After finishing runner-up at the tournament in 2014, Monfils didn't return to Doha until 2018 and then he finally won it all at the event.

Kyrgios not returning to action

Kyrgios played his last tournament of the 2020 season in Acapulco and then missed the rest of the season due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Australian returned to action at the Murray River Open in Melbourne, where he made the round-of-16 before losing to Borna Coric. Kyrgios then made the third round at the Australian Open, before falling in five sets to Dominic Thiem.

''I can change like the wind. I'm not too sure, depending on what happens with COVID in Australia, you know, I'm assuming we will probably settle it pretty quickly. But I don't know how I'll have to quarantine in overseas in tournaments," Kyrgios said after the Thiem loss.

"For me personally, man, I'm used to playing in front of packed stadiumds. I'm not gonna force myself around the world when the time is not right where I have to quarantine for a week and then play. I don't know, I'm not too sure what lies ahead. The Qatar Open in Doha is scheduled to take place next week.