The term is ‘dropping like flies’. In another blow to this year’s French Open home favourite Gael Monfils has announced that he is withdrawing from the tournament. The news comes less that 24 hours after Roger Federer withdrew, ending an unprecedented run of 65 consecutive Grand Slam appearances.
The French No.3, who reached the final of the Monte Carlo Masters just a few weeks ago, has been bed-ridden for the past 10 days with a virus.
Monfils joins a growing list of high-profile absentees, which includes Federer, Juan Martin del Potro, Caroline Wozniacki and Belinda Bencic.
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