Monfils withdraws from San Jose with knee injury

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 16, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Gael Monfils of France looks on after a point in his first round match against Matthew Ebden of Australia during day two of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Top-seed Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the SAP Open because of right knee inflammation, even though he never played a meaningful match in San Jose. The Frenchman said Wednesday night he also plans to withdraw from next week's ATP Tour stop in Memphis and take a brief break from tennis. He will have an MRI on both knees when he returns home. Monfils had been scheduled to play qualifier Dimitar Kutrovsky in the second round Thursday. Monfils teamed with Steve Johnson in a light-hearted exhibition doubles match loss against John McEnroe and Jack Sock on Monday. He also helped France defeat Canada in the first round of the Davis Cup on Sunday. Monfils says he hopes to return for the Sony Ericsson Open beginning March 21 in Key Biscayne, Fla.
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