Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Frenchman Gael Monfils, Day 1, 2011 Wimbledon Championships
LONDON: French star Gael Monfils reached the Wimbledon second round on Monday and dedicated his victory to a cancer-stricken friend who has slipped into a coma.
Ninth seed Monfils said he found it hard to concentrate on his opening match, which resulted in a 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 win over Germany's Matthias Bachinger, after his friend and former physio Philippe Manicom was placed in an artificial coma.
"I did the job without playing a great match because I had too much to think about," said Monfils.
"My former physio Philippe Manicom has cancer. I was one of the last people he spoke to before he was put in a coma as he was suffering so much. It's not easy for me."
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