Monfils withdraws from San Jose with knee injury

Top-seed Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the SAP Open because of

right knee inflammation, even though he never played a meaningful

match in San Jose.

The Frenchman said Wednesday night he also plans to withdraw

from next week’s ATP Tour stop in Memphis and take a brief break

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

home.

Monfils had been scheduled to play qualifier Dimitar Kutrovsky

in the second round Thursday.

Monfils teamed with Steve Johnson in a light-hearted exhibition

doubles match loss against John McEnroe and Jack Sock on Monday. He

also helped France defeat Canada in the first round of the Davis

Cup on Sunday.

Monfils says he hopes to return for the Sony Ericsson Open

beginning March 21 in Key Biscayne, Fla.