Monfils withdraws from French Open

Gael Monfils

Monfils reached the final of the Monte Carlo Masters in April, losing to Rafael Nadal

Gael Monfils pulled out of the French Open with a viral infection, just before the first-round draw.

The French 29-year-old, ranked 14th in the world, was advised by his doctors to miss the tournament in Paris.

Monfils was beaten in the fourth round last year by Roger Federer, who withdrew from this year’s tournament on Thursday because of a back injury.

The French Open draw takes place from 10:15 BST on Friday, with Britain’s Andy Murray seeded second.

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