Injury forces Gael Monfils to pull out of Monte Carlo Masters

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Injury forces Gael Monfils to pull out of Monte Carlo Masters

French tennis star Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the Monte Carlo Masters at the last moment due to a calf injury. Monfils, who hasn't played since the Australian Open, was aiming to return to action on the clay courts of Monte Carlo.

"Sadly I'm forced to withdraw from the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters," Monfils announced on his social media. "I have been feeling some pain at the bottom of my calf for the last ten days and it got worse yesterday during my last practice.

On the advice of the medical staff, I took an ultrasound which has confirmed the extent of the injury. Therefore I'm forced to postpone my return to play. However I remain positive and optimistic for the rest of the season.

I will start specific treatment from today in the hope to return to play as soon as possible. Thanks you for your support, Gael."

Monfils hasn't played in Monte Carlo since 2016

Monfils, 34, has played in Monte Carlo 10 times throughout his career.

The Frenchman's best result at the Monte Carlo Masters came in 2016, when he made the final before losing to 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal in three sets. Monfils kicked off his season at the ATP Cup, where he lost to Italian Matteo Berrettini in his lone match played at the event.

Monfils then played at the Australian Open, where he was beaten in five sets by rising Finnish star Emil Ruusuvuori. "For sure [it was] a tough one. Probably the longest match I've ever played and a tough five-setter against a great player.

But I thought I played a good match," Ruusuvuori said after the match, per the ATP website. "Both [of us] were a little up and down, and that's how it went to five, but yeah, I was able to come through today and just really happy about that."