Ankle injury adds to Monfils' struggles
Gael Monfils has pulled out of Casablanca and is questionable for Monte Carlo after injuring his ankle during practice.
It is the latest in a series of injuries for the Frenchman, who began the year going 12-2 but is 2-3 since mid-February.
During a rain break during an opening-round defeat in Miami, Monfils tweeted an apology for his attitude on court, and later said he was struggling mentally and physically: "My body is super-fragile. My knees are bad, my back is bad," he said. "I need to be happy to play well."
Apologies for my poor attitude in the 1st set. Rain delay now looking forward to getting back into the match and give 100% again— Gael Monfils (@Gael_Monfils) March 22, 2014
I will take some time for myself,need to fix a few things.i hope to be back soon stronger.— Gael Monfils (@Gael_Monfils) March 22, 2014
After saying he would take a break, Monfils played the following week in the Davis Cup quarterfinals against Germany. After sitting out the first singles, he won the fifth match to clinch the tie.