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Short Of A Miracle, No Monfils At Roland Garros

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Black Tennis Pro's Gael Monfils Roland GarrosGael Monfils, France
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France, May 20 (Reuters)
- Gael Monfils was on the verge of withdrawing from the French Open on Wednesday because of a knee injury, he said. "If I had to decide today, the answer would be no," the world number 11, who reached the semi-finals at Roland-Garros last year, told a news conference after losing 6-4 6-0 to Marcos Baghdatis in an exhibition game.

"I clench my teeth but my knee is still hurting. I'll make my decision at the last minute. I have six days left as I have asked to play on Tuesday. I still believe a miracle will happen," he added.

According to French federation doctor Bernard Montalvan, the 22-year-old Monfils suffers from an inflammation of the kneecap which could require surgery and a long period of rehabilitation.

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