Gael Monfils: “I want to play under 40”


French tennis player Gael Monfils told why he withdrew from the Masters in Monte Carlo.

“I have been in pain for several days now. In fact, I still had a sore foot with Miami, but despite that, I still had a good week of training on the courts in Monaco. I was very careful every day, but the latest MRI showed that it didn’t make sense for me to play. At this stage of my career, it is better for me to rest to make sure that I can try to fight for my main goals of the season. Unfortunately, that’s why I had to withdraw from the competition.

Did I know that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was planning to end his career? Yes, he told me about it before he made the official statement. But even when he told me personally, it was still unofficial. And after I announced this news publicly, then I wrote him a message, saying, Lord, now it’s really happening.

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I can understand all its reasons. Yesterday we trained with him, despite my aching foot. I said I had to do it. These are the last moments we can spend as players. I would like to see him as an active player for a little longer. It’s hard because he’s my friend, and now I have the same emotions as a fan.

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Will I be the last of my generation of French players to end their careers? This is not what I want, but I think I will be one of the last. I want to play for at least another four years. I don’t think Gilles Simon or Richard Gasquet plan to play the same. It turns out that I would like to play for another five years, including this season. I would like to reach the age of 40 as a player. So I take care of my body, and if something hurts, I try to approach it wisely. For another four years, I will easily remain a tough opponent for these young players,” said Monfils. Want to know more about tennis and don’t miss the important news? Subscribe to and receive the latest updates to your email.


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