• Monfils returns to tennis in Doha

    1/2/13 8:46 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Monfils returns to tennis in Doha Gael Monfils is hoping to conquer his tennis injury and motivational demons, with the Frenchman returning in Doha after a long absence from the ATP in 2012.

    Monfils last played in October when continuing knee injuries forced him to cut his season short.

    He then went to ground, with speculation swirling about whether he might be tempted to give up a career which took him to a French open semi-final. But after a month of radio silence, the 26-year-old has resumed in the Gulf after playing just eight matches in the last seven months.

    At 77th,Monfils is now ranked outside the top 20 for the first time in half a decade after once cracking the top 10.

    He remains understandably unsure of his comeback effort. "It's tough for me to talk because I was not on the tour (for some time) and it's always bad for a tennis player to be out for a long while like this," Monfils said. "It will be easier to say after a couple of weeks, but I know I can still be a very good tennis player.

    "I have been in the top ten, so for sure I want to get back there. The start of the season will be very hard because I need to get matches for confidence, and to feel that I'm back, like definitely back, week after week."

    Monfils said he is playing for a return to his best. "I'm good, I"m fit. My knee is fine. All good. It was quite a long struggle last year, it took me a couple of more months after I tried to come back, and now it's good."

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