Monfils withdraws from San Jose with knee injury

Top-seed Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the SAP Open because of

right knee inflammation, and will miss his next planned tournament

too.

The Frenchman said Wednesday he plans to withdraw from next

week’s ATP Tour stop in Memphis and take a break from tennis. He

will have a scan 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 an exhibition doubles match

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, Florida.