Gael Monfils to skip Roland Garros due to heel injury

Gael Monfils announced on Monday that he has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open because of an injury to his right heel that will require minor surgery.

Monfils, France's highest-ranked player at No. 22, said he has been hampered by the lesion in his foot since the Monte Carlo Masters in April, adding that he can't move properly on the court. The 35-year-old veteran also withdrew from the Lyon Open this week, an event that serves as a warm-up for the clay-court Grand Slam.

He broke the news on Twitter writing:

"Hi all, I regret to inform you that I am forced to withdraw from Open Parc de Lyon and the French Open next week. I have been bothered by a calcaneal spur since Monte-Carlo at my right heel which prevents me from moving properly on court.

I have decided to undergo a small procedure this week to treat the issue before returning to competitive play. I will keep you updated about my progress when I have more news."

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