Ankle injury adds to Monfils' struggles

by: Kamakshi Tandon April 11, 2014

Tags: Gael Monfils

AP

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."

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.

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