Gael Monfils is a major doubt for next week’s Miami Masters after pulling out of his Indian Wells quarter-final because of an ankle issue. The in-form Frenchman, back in the world’s top 20, pulled out shortly before his scheduled clash with Dominic Thiem – citing left Achilles tendon trouble.
The 32-year-old, who boasts an impressive 15-3 record in 2019, admitted feeling discomfort in his ankle for a couple of days and had been receiving treatment. But the pain grew worse after Monfils’ fourth-round win over Philipp Kohlschreiber on Wednesday night.
“I tried a little jog this morning, and I couldn’t really actually push on it,” he said. “Then we taped it. Then I hit a little bit tonight, and I felt that I cannot be 100 percent. I have this pain, and it wasn’t the right choice to play.”
An ultrasound exam confirmed severe inflammation and Monfils says he cannot be sure if he will be able to take up his place at the upcoming Miami Masters.