Gael Monfils is one of the most likable characters on the ATP tour. The Frenchman had enjoyed an amazing career, winning titles and being the former French No.1, and being ranked as high as 6th in the world in his peak.
After an underwhelming couple of years where he struggled with fitness issues and a loss of form, the 35-year-old had a late-season resurgence in 2021 and looks to have regained his form, making a thumping start at the new year where he has already won a trophy bin the form of the ATP Adelaide International 2 2022. The veteran also had a good Australian Open as he reached the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam.
Monfils withdraws from Davis Cup due to Covid booster dose adverse effects
In a Twitter post written in French, the veteran revealed that he was forced to give up his participation in the Davis Cup due to adverse side effects possibly caused by the Covid booster dose he recently had taken. The adverse effect means that the Frenchman cannot represent his country at the Davis Cup.
“Hello everyone, I wanted to give you some news following my recent tournament withdrawals. I suffered a small health glitch (probably following my third dose of vaccine). On the advice of my doctor, I decided to take time to rest. So unfortunately I will not be able to play the Davis Cup next week. I hope to be able to come back to the United States,” revealed the Frenchman on his Twitter.
That would be a shame for the World No.25, who made a bright start to the new year after winning his first ATP title already and doing well at the Australian Open. He is the second French player to be forced off the court after a suspected adverse reaction to a coronavirus vaccine.