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Monfils Withdraws From Roland Garros

Gael Monfils announced Wednesday evening his withdrawal from Roland Garros due to a left wrist injury.

The announcement came less than 24 hours after the Frenchman produced a magical late-night performance on Court Philippe-Chatrier in the first round against Sebastian Baez. Monfils was scheduled to play sixth seed Holger Rune on Thursday evening for a place in the third round.

“Actually, physically, I'm quite fine. I was quite happy this morning. I woke up quite good, but I had the problem with my wrist that I cannot solve,” Monfils said in a press conference. “Felt it during the match, actually the whole match [yesterday]. And unfortunately even [though] we pushed it ’til tonight, just came back again for another exam, and yes, waited a little bit.

“The doctor said [it] was not good to play with that type of injury. Yesterday was actually very risky, and then today definitely said I should stop.”

The injury is to the TFCC of his left wrist. Monfils is unsure exactly how long he will be out, but is hopeful of returning for the grass-court season.

“I think had it been totally broken it would have been more serious, but it's partial,” Monfils said. “So I'll know more about the length of time when I'm off the courts. But the doctor said he hopes I'll be able to play on grass.”

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