Monfils withdraws from Memphis with knee injury

Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the Regions Morgan Keegan

Championships because of a right knee inflammation.

The Frenchman was scheduled to play in the feature first-round

match on Tuesday. Tournament organizers announced Thursday that

Monfils’ match will be replaced by John Isner’s first-round


Monfils also withdrew from the SAP Open because of right knee

inflammation and said Wednesday that he plans to take a brief break

from tennis. He will have an MRI on both knees when he returns


Monfils says he hopes to return for the Sony Ericsson Open

beginning March 21 in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Croatian Marin Cilic also has withdrawn from the Memphis

tournament because of a knee injury.