World No. 20 Felix Auger-Aliassime has signed up to play Lyon this year, the tournament announces through its Twitter account on Thursday morning. Auger-Aliassime, one of the most promising players from the younger generation, is set to make his second appearance on the clay courts of Lyon.
Auger-Aliassime debuted at the Lyon event in 2019, when he made the final before losing to home favorite Benoit Paire in straight sets. The Lyon event wasn't held last year and it is set to return this year.
Auger-Aliassime joins a star-studded Lyon player field
Gael Monfils, Ugo Humbert, Richard Gasquet, David Goffin, Aslan Karatsev have all also signed up to play Lyon.
One of the biggest atractions at the event will be home favorite Gael Monfils. Monfils has yet to open his clay season. "Sadly I'm forced to withdraw from the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters," Monfils announced on his social media after withdrawing from the Monte Carlo Masters.
"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 losing 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."