Monfils withdraws from Roland-Garros to undergo heel surgery | Tennis News

Local prospect Gael Monfils will sit out the French Open later this month as he goes under the knife to fix a problem with his right heel, the Frenchman said on Monday.
Monfils, 22nd, started the year well by winning his 11th ATP Tour title at a tune-up event in Adelaide before reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January, where he was beaten by Matteo Berrettini.
However, he has struggled in recent months, not making it past the round of 16 at the ATP Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami and Madrid.
“Hi everyone, I regret to inform you that I am forced to withdraw from Open Parc de Lyon and the French Open next week,” wrote Monfils, the highest ranked French player, on Twitter.

“I am hampered by a heel spur from Monte Carlo on my right heel which prevents me from moving properly on the court. I have decided to undergo a small operation this week to treat the problem before resuming competition.”
Monfils, 35, reached the last four at the 2008 French Open and repeated the feat eight years later at the 2016 US Open, but never reached a Grand Slam final.

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