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"I'm not on fire, I'm sad": Monfils explains why he is putting an end to his season


After his retirement in Vienna on Monday, the French tennis player decided to give up the Rolex Paris Masters. He never managed to recover m

“I will not come to Paris.

Better not to go there than to go without conviction… ”A few hours after his abandonment in Vienna against Carreno-Busta, Gaël Monfils sounded the end of the season.

Flamboyant at the start of the year, the world No. 11 had not won a single match (0 out of 4) since returning to the circuit.

He delivered himself frankly this Tuesday during a small virtual press point.

"I do not have good feelings, I do not play tennis well, I have a discomfort in the service which had already earned me a lot of problems after the US Open last year, he explains. .

You had to cut the negative spiral, recharge your batteries, take a little time to start training again for the Australian Open earlier.

It's all mental.

I tense up, I can't relax myself, I'm contracted and I hurt myself while playing… ”Day and night with its first three months of 2020, punctuated by two titles (Montpellier and Rotterdam) and a half in Dubai against Djokovic.

“It's all the harder mentally because it was one of my best seasons, he blows.

This is the first time that I felt so strong


and physically at the same time.

I had assembled all the ends.

The fact of cutting a little, then for a long time, the fear of not knowing when we would resume… All of this made my level drop and my recovery did not help me.

I lost confidence right away.

When you are in a tournament, you are in a sort of bubble, impassive.

The confinement changed me psychologically like everyone else, made me see things differently and I did not come back as strong in my head.


"After confinement, I was a lot less fun"

After the Australian Open, Monfils had stopped working with his mental coach.

"I won't hide from you that I called him back quite a few times," he smiles.

I can't visualize myself well, be positive, I get frustrated as soon as I fail, I no longer manage to impose my rhythm and I only suffer.

I have no fire, I am sad.

I can't be happy because I can't produce, externalize, let go.

After confinement, I was a lot less fun, very focused on performance in training, which never happens to me.

Wanting to be a perfectionist too much, you arrive in a match, you double fault and behind you make 50 ... "

Now on vacation, the French n ° 1 is waiting to know the health conditions of the trip to Melbourne.

“The situation changes every week,” he observes.

I even had in mind to go there at the end of November, do my fortnight and my preseason there, but it's very complicated.

In addition, Elina

(Editor's note: Svitolina, his companion)

does not see herself leaving so early, so I have to review this option.

But we will try to find a solution… ”

Source: leparis

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