France captain Sebastian Grosjean comments on Gael Monfils’ absence from the Davis Cup
France Davis Cup captain Sebastian Grosjean says Gael Monfils wanted to play in the Davis Cup but a health problem prevented him from competing against Ecuador. For the first time in a very long time, none of the “four French musketeers” was present as Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon all missed the match against Ecuador.
However, France had no problem beating Ecuador in a convincing 4-0 victory to seal a ticket to the Davis Cup final. Arthur Rinderknech, Adrian Mannarino and Benjamin Bonzi all had wins in singles, while Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut delivered in doubles.
“Monfils unfortunately fell ill. He had registered and he wanted to play. There are still six months left before the next matches and there will be three Grand Slam tournaments so we will have to follow the results of all the players and take the fittest.
They gave a lot to the France team, it is perhaps the end of a very beautiful generation. Some have been injured, the ranking is going down, but these are players who can still contribute to French tennis,” Grosjean said, according to We Love Tennis.
Monfils denied pushing anti-vax propaganda
Last week, Monfils announced he would be skipping the Davis Cup due to a minor health issue following his third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “Hello everyone, I wanted to give you an update following my recent rest in tournaments”, wrote Monfils on social networks.
“I suffered from a small health problem (probably following my third dose of the vaccine). “On the advice of my doctor, I decided to take some time to rest. “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to play the Davis Cup next week.
“I hope to be able to return to the United States.” About 12 hours later, Monfils took to Twitter again to emphasize that his goal was not to push anti-vax propaganda. “My goal was just to be transparent with you and not to do anti vax propaganda,” Monfils wrote about 12 hours later.
“Let’s stop appropriating everyone’s words for political ends or simply to serve our convictions. I don’t regret getting vaccinated at all.