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Top-seed Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the SAP Open because of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