The Monte Carlo Masters 1000 loses players with every passing day. The first 1000 clay tournament of the season had excellent losses and extraordinary returns. It is the first European tournament to see the participation of Novak Djokovic, who did not participate in the previous ones due to his lack of anti-Covid vaccination, except for the ATP 500 in Dubai.
Two of the wild cards, on the other hand, were destined for two tennis players who have made the recent history of tennis: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stan Wawrinka. For the Swiss, Alexander Bublik will be in the first round; while Tsonga will play against Cilic, in a match reminiscent of the final rounds of the Grand Slams of a few years ago.
In the face of the many returns, there were also numerous withdrawals. The first and most sensational is certainly that of Rafael Nadal. Due to a problem during the Indian Wells Masters 1000, which prevented him from playing the final against Taylor Fritz at a high level, the Spaniard was forced to stop for six weeks.
By doing so, he skips Nadal’s European return to the surface where the Spaniard is king: clay. Following the world number four, there was also the second seed of the tournament, Daniil Medvedev.
For a hernia, the Russian has decided to undergo an operation, which will force him to stay out for two months. In the wake of the number two in the world, Matteo Berrettini also underwent an operation on his right hand: he will thus miss Montecarlo, Madrid and the Internazionali di Roma, home tournament.
Retreats, however, are also in the running: this is the case of Gael Monfils.
The retirement of Gael Monfils
The Frenchman has decided to withdraw from the Monegasque tournament a few hours after his debut against Hubert Hurkacz. In the post published on Twitter, Monfils explained that he had problems with his foot and, in agreement with the doctors, he decided to stop before the injury became more serious.
“I plan to be back in time for Madrid! See you soon! ”: With these words he concluded the tweet that announced the retirement of Monfils. To face the Polish tennis player, there will be a lucky loser.
Salut à tous, je dois malheureusement me retirer du tournoi de Monte-Carlo suite a une gêne au pied. Les medecins m’ont conseillé de take du repos pour ne pas que le problème s’agrave.