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Zut-alors! Monfils out of Wimbledon

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 11:36

We can’t pretend we’re not gutted to tell you that Gael Monfils has withdrawn from Wimbledon.

The livewire Frenchman, who had been seeded No.14 for the Championships yesterday, injured his left wrist at last week’s AEGON Championships at Queen’s, withdrawing a day after his second-round match against Andrey Golubev.

The world No.14 struggled with the slippery conditions on a wet day in west London, hitting the deck on a number of occasions, the worst of which occurred shortly before a rain delay from which he returned to beat Golubev in three sets.

However, he subsequently withdrew ahead of his third round match with Steve Darcis, and soon after announced his withdrawal from the AEGON International at Eastbourne.

Monfils will now be replaced in the draw by a lucky loser from qualifying. But for every cloud there’s a silver lining – former world No.2 Tommy Haas has now been placed among the seeds ahead of tomorrow’s draw.

The 31-year-old, who beat Novak Djokovic to claim the Gerry Weber Open in Halle on Sunday, will now be the No.24 seed.

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