French tennis star Gael Monfils has announced his withdrawal from Wimbledon. In May, Monfils underwent a right heel surgery. Monfils has returned to the practice court but he feels the smart thing to do would be to skip Wimbledon.
Monfils is expected to return to action next month as he plans to play clay events in Hamburg and Kitzbuhel. “Hello, I wanted to give you a quick update following my foot injury. I have started to train again this week and I have felt really good.
I will now be able to increase gradually my training and spend more time on the court to get back in shape both from a physical and tennis point of view. Due to my recent return to training and because of the physical demands of grass court tennis / best of 5 matches.
My team and I have taken the decision not to play Wimbledon this year. I will focus instead on my preparation to be ready for the summer. I will return to competition in Hamburg followed by Kizbuhel before travelling to the US.
See you all soon, Gaël,” Monfils wrote on Twitter.
Monfils set to miss two Grand Slams in a row
After undergoing a right heel surgery, Monfils announced his withdrawl from Lyon and the French Open. Then, Monfils pulled out of Queen’s and Eastbourne.
Now, it’s officially confirmed that Monfils will skip the entire grass season. Monfils, who made his Wimbledon debut in 2005, achieved his best result at The All England Club in 2018, when he reached the last-16 before losing to Kevin Anderson.
Earlier this year, Monfils made the Australian Open quarterfinal before losing to Matteo Berrettini. After failing to win the Australian Open title, Monfils made it clear he would continue to fight for his maiden Grand Slam title. Monfils is set to miss Wimbledon but he is hoping to make his Grand Slam return at the US Open.