France's Gael Monfils has confirmed that he still intends to play at next week's ATP 250 event in Lyon. Monfils, 31, failed to catch some form and rhythm at this week's Rome Masters. The Frenchman was demolished by home-favorite Fabio Fognini in the first round 6-3 6-1.
Monfils' European clay-court swing campaign now includes first round showings in Munich and Rome and a second round showing in Madrid. However, the 31-year-old isn't giving up yet on his clay season as he is ready to put in the hard work on the practice court.
Monfils also added that he hopes to "win one or two matches" in Lyon to "regain confidence." Monfils kicked off his preparation for the French Open early this year as he played four clay-court tournaments at the beginning of this season.
The Frenchman is a seven-time ATP champion but not a single title of those seven was earned at the Grand Slam level. The 31-year-old prefers clay over any other surface and it is not a secret that his goal is to win it all at Roland Garros.
Monfils, a former world No. 6, is now ranked at No. 39 and likely won't be a seeded player at the French Open. The Frenchman isn't in a great spot and he needs to drastically improve his level of play if he wants to be a major factor at the French Open.
The French Open is due to be held from 27 May - 10 June. Also read: John Millman in great spirits as he looks forward to French Open