Gael Monfils, Jo-Wifried Tsonga withdraw from Miami Masters



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Gael Monfils, Jo-Wifried Tsonga withdraw from Miami Masters

French tennis stars Gael Monfils and Jo-Wifried Tsonga have both withdrawn from the upcoming Miami Masters. Monfils, who debuted at the Miami event in 2005, has made nine appearances at the tournament throughout his career.

Monfils, ranked at No. 14 in the world, hasn't played at the Miami Masters since 2016. Monfils, 34, achieved his best result at the Miami Masters in 2016, when he made the quarterfinal before losing to Japanese Kei Nishikori.

Tsonga, who made his Miami main draw debut in 2008, has also made nine appearances at the Miami event throughout his career. Like Monfils, Tsonga also hasn't played in Miami since 2016. Tsonga made back-to-back Miami quarterfinals in 2009 and 2010 and also made the last-eight stage in 2012.

Monfils and Tsonga weren't the only Frenchmen to withdraw from Miami as rising French star Corentin Moutet also pulled out of the event. Moutet, 21, has never played at the Miami Masters in his short career. Rising Spanish star Alejandro Davidovich Fokina also withdrew from the Miami Masters.

Davidovich Fokina, ranked at No. 52 in the world, has also never played in Miami.

Monfils and Kyrgios continue their withdrawals

Monfils and Kyrgios have pulled out of the same tournaments in three consecutive weeks. "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 Dominic Thiem loss at the Australian Open.

"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."

Following the withdrawals of Monfils, Tsonga, Moutet and Davidovich Fokina places in the Miami main draw opened for Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Mikael Ymer, Sebastian Korda and Mikhail Kukushkin.