French No 1 Gael Monfils blames adverse reaction to Covid booster for his recent withdrawals

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French No 1 Gael Monfils blames adverse reaction to Covid booster for his recent withdrawals… 35-year-old reveals ‘health glitch’ as compatriot Jeremy Chardy has not played since getting vaccinated last summer


Gael Monfils has revealed his withdrawal from recent tournaments is due to a probable adverse reaction to his third dose of coronavirus vaccine.

The Frenchman has not played since a one-sided loss to Swede Mikael Ymer in Montpellier three weeks ago and will not represent his country in Davis Cup next week.

Monfils, 35, is hoping he will be able to return for the Masters tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami next month.

Gael Monfils has had an adverse reaction to his third dose of coronavirus vaccine

Gael Monfils has had an adverse reaction to his third dose of coronavirus vaccine

Writing on Twitter, Monfils said: ‘Hello everyone, I wanted to give you some news following my recent withdrawals from tournaments. I suffered a small health glitch (probably following my third dose of vaccine).

‘On the advice of my doctor, I decided to take some time to rest. So unfortunately I will not be able to play the Davis Cup next week. I hope to be able to return in the United States.’

Monfils, ranked 25, made a strong start to the season, winning his first title for two years in Adelaide and then reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

The Frenchman has not played since a defeat in Montpellier three weeks ago

The Frenchman has not played since a defeat in Montpellier three weeks ago

He is the second French player to be forced off court after a suspected adverse reaction to a coronavirus vaccine.

Jeremy Chardy, now ranked 138, has not played a match since the US Open last summer.

Novak Djokovic, who is playing his first tournament of the season in Dubai this week, is the only unvaccinated player in the men’s top 100.

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