Gael Monfils set to battle for fourth Montpellier title in 2022

French tennis star Gael Monfils has signed up to play Montpellier in 2022.

Monfils, a former world No. 6, joins Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Montpellier player field.

Felix Auger-Aliassime and Gael Monfils are confirmed for @OpenSuddeFrance in Montpellier, 30 Jan – 6 Feb.

— Michal Samulski (@MichalSamulski) December 29, 2021

Monfils is set to make his eighth main draw appearance in Montpellier.

Monfils has enjoyed success in Montpellier throughout his career as he won the event in 2010, 2014 and 2020.

Also, Monfils ended runner-up in Montpellier in 2012 and made the semiifnal at the event in 2015.

Monfils’ season ended on an unfortunate way

Monfils made the Paris Masters round-of-16 before he was forced to givw world No. 1 Novak Djokovic a walkover. 

“I’m frustrated, because once again, I love playing against the top players, and it’s always a good experience to play against Novak to see at what level you are,” Monfils said after the walkover.

“Honestly, I lost 17 times against him. I had nothing to lose, so I had everything to win. “Yesterday the ultrasound was not great. This morning we did another ultrasound, it was not fantastic either… horrible frustration, because all of my family, my relatives are here.

“It would have been fantastic, but I hope I will have the possibility to play him again and to bother him or even beat him.”

Monfils clinched his first win of the season in May but earned a few good results toward the end of the season he ended runner-up in Sofia and made the Metz semifinal. 

“The season was very, very hard this year,” said Monfils, who is No. 22 in the rankings. “Professionally, a lot of changes. I was not able to adapt to this pandemic, the way the tour was going with the empty stadiums, so I took a long break. “The second part of the season, I think everything started going well.

I started feeling better both physically and in my game. Then the audience was back and more adrenaline, more nice moments, more joy and being happier on the court. It was much better.” 

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