Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Monfils questionable for Roland Garros, Clijsters practicing with Belgium Fed Cup

Gael Monfils could miss next month's French Open because of a serious left knee injury. Monfils' style of play could finally be taking a toll on him, and could cause him to fall far down in the rankings. Monfils is ranked 10th in the world at the moment, but with plenty of points to defend from his incredible semifinal showing at Roland Garros last year, a no show at the year's 2nd Grand Slam could cost the Frenchman. “Frankly, it’s really hard to explain. It’s something pretty serious and there is a possibility that I will not play at Roland Garros,” Monfils explained “But I want to keep hope alive. For the moment I’m rested, the only thing I can do is to wait.” Monfils withdrew from the Barcelona Open, the Rome Masters and the Madrid Masters. The French Open starts on May 25th.

Kim Clijsters has been practicing with the Belgium Fed Cup team in preparation for her much anticipated return to the tour, at the U.S. Open. The team has a tie against Canada this week, and Sabine Applemans, the coach for the Belgian team, had this to say about Clijsters. "With Kim Clijsters, we have the best practice partner that could exist," said Applemans. "But if Kirsten Flipkens should not be able to play, Kim will certainly not be the replacement. Plus she has not played a single competitive match since announcing her return."

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