Monfils withdraws from French Open with viral infection

by: AP | May 20, 2016

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The French tennis federation said Monfils was advised by his doctors to skip the Roland Garros. (AP)

PARIS (AP) French Open organizers say Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the clay-court Grand Slam tournament because of a viral infection.

The 14th-ranked Monfils reached the Monte Carlo Masters final this season but a drop in form over recent weeks resulted in early exits in Madrid and Rome. He was also hampered by a hamstring injury last month.

The French tennis federation said Monfils was advised by his doctors to skip the Roland Garros.

Monfils' best result at the French Open was a run to the semifinals in 2008. Last year, he lost in the fourth round to Roger Federer, who is also missing from the French Open this year.

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