World No. 20 Gael Monfils has blasted the French media over consistently calling out and pointing the finger toward French players when they lose. At this week's ATP 250 event in Metz, Monfils was the only French player that made the quarterfinal.
For the first time in tournament history, only one Frenchman made the quarterfinal. Following a round-of-16 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber, Monfils was asked about being the lone Frenchman in the quarterfinal. Monfils then went on a rant.
“We must stop with this thing of zero French late in the tournament. Were the guys who lost their matches favorites? I am not sure. I find it hard to point the finger at them. It's hard enough to lose. Everyone is trying to win, we don't lose on purpose.
Yes, maybe we are performing not great this week. Yes, maybe it will be better next week. Yes, it was complicated in Grand Slams this year. But this is not an end. How many countries would dream of having as many players as us in the rankings? We're a great tennis nation, even if it gets a little harder from time to time.
We shouldn't put ourselves too high when we play well, but we should not point the finger too much when we lose. It hurts and we hope that will change quickly. The period was complicated, but we will come back," Monfils said in Metz.
Monfils returned to Metz in style
Monfils made his Metz debut in 2004, when he made the quarterfinal before losing to Richard Gasquet. Monfils, 35, ended runner-up to Ivan Ljubicic in the 2005 Metz final but won it all at the tournament in 2009.
Monfils also made semifinals at the tournament in 2012 and 2014. For the first time since 2014, Monfils returned to Metz and made the semifinal. Monfils is now two wins away from winning his second Metz title.