• Personal reasons to keep Monfils from Wimbledon

    6/14/13 4:18 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Personal reasons to keep Monfils from Wimbledon The grass season of Gael Monfils will start and end this week in Halle, Germany, after the colourful Frenchman said he would not be playing at Wimbledon.

    The decision will mark the second straight year that the No.67, who once stood inside the top 10, has missed the grass court grand slam.

    Monfils remains on a winning track in Halle, after starting with an upset defeat of Milos Raonic. But after that success, Monfils said that he would not go to the All England club for this edition as had withdrawn his request for a wild card entry.

    The Frenchman cited personal reason and refused to provide any further explanation. The French federation later confirmed that their man was pulling out.

    Monfils has been making a slow return to the ATP after months of injuries and had made his mark by knocking Tomas Berdych out in the French Open first round before losing to Tommy Robredo.

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This is a shame. It looked like he was gaining some momentum this spring. Now he'll probably have to start from scratch again.

Maya , 6/14/13 8:44 AM

...'the colourful Frenchman' ?

Sounds like serious matters, hope he pulls through

Shireling , 6/14/13 11:29 AM

I am not a 100 % sure what the personal problem is, but it might be a death of a family member or friend. Here was a tweet a couple of days ago by monfils: "Life is a b****,and death is her sister...". It was made around the time he pulled out of Wimbledon, so this could be the reason.

tj600 , 6/14/13 11:35 AM

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