Gael Monfils withdraws from Estoril



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Gael Monfils withdraws from Estoril

French tennis star Gael Monfils and world No. 90 Federico Coria have both withdrawn from the Estoril Open. Monfils, a former world No. 6, had been scheduled to make his second appearance in Estoril this year. The Frenchman played at the Estoril Open in 2019, when he made the quarterfinal before losing to Alejandro Davidovich.

Meanwhile, Coria had been scheduled to make his debut on the clay courts of Estoril. Following the withdrawals of Monfils and Coria, places in the Estoril main draw opened for Alexei Popyrin and Marcos Giron.

Monfils continues to pull out of tournaments

Monfils was hoping to kick off his clay season at the Monte Carlo Masters last week but he ended up pulling out of the tournament at the last moment.

"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 since suffering a straight-set loss to Emil Ruusuvuori in the Australian Open first round.

"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."