Gayle Monfils has withdrawn from the French Open for surgery on Hill

File Photo: Tennis - ATP Masters 1000 - Madrid Open - Caza Magica, Madrid, Spain - May 3, 2022 France's Gayle Monfils during his second round match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic Reuters / Juan Medina

File photo: Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caza Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 3, 2022 France’s Gayle Monfils in action during his second round match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic Reuters / Juan Medina

Local hopeful Gayle Monfils will not be competing in the French Open later this month as he goes under the knife to fix his right heel problem, the Frenchman said on Monday.

The 22nd-ranked Monfils got off to a good start this year, winning their 11th ATP Tour title at a tune-up event in Adelaide before reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January, where they lost to Matteo Beretini.

He has struggled in recent months, failing to make it to the Round of 16 in the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Indian Wells, Miami and Madrid.

“Hello everyone, I’m sorry to inform you that I’m going to be forced to withdraw from the Open Park de Lyon and the French Open next week,” Monfils, the highest-ranked French player, wrote on Twitter.

“Since I was in Mont-Carlo on my right heel, I have been plagued by a calcaneal spur that prevents me from moving properly on the court. I decided to go through a short procedure this week to fix the problem before returning to the competitive game.

The 35-year-old Monfils reached the last four at the 2008 French Open and repeated the feat eight years later at the 2016 US Open but never reached the Grand Slam final.

The French Open starts on 22 May.

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