Gael Monfils ATP Australian Open 2022

Gael Monfils pulls out of Roland Garros as surgery beckons on heel injury

World number 22 Gael Monfils has announced he is set to miss both the Lyon Open and Roland Garros due to a right foot injury that will require a “small procedure” this week.

The 35-year-old Monfils, who has recorded 12 wins this season, has had a solid 2022 so far. He claimed his 11th ATP title at the Adelaide International in January as well as reaching the last eight at the Australian Open.

However, the ATP veteran’s hopes of continuing his good form and claiming a maiden Grand Slam title have been dashed as he is set to miss next week’s French Open as well as this week’s event in Lyon.

The world number 22 is the highest-ranked Frenchman on the ATP Tour but will be absent from his home Grand Slam for just the third time in his career.

Gael Monfils, who reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros in 2008, has confirmed he is to undergo surgery on his right heel – an issue which has been affecting him since the Monte Carlo Masters in April.

The three-time French Open quarter-finalist took to Twitter to post, “Hi all, I regret to inform you that I am forced to withdraw from Open Parc de Lyon and the French Open next week.

“I have been bothered by a calcaneal spur since Monte Carlo at my right heel which prevents me from moving properly on court.”

He added in a separate post, “I have decided to undergo a small procedure this week to treat the issue before returning to competitive play. I will keep you updated about my progress when I have more news.”

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