Gaël Monfils announced that he would not play the Australian Open for “strategic” reasons. But after the interview was broadcast, he explained on Twitter that he was still hesitating. The Frenchman, ranked 52nd in the world, has not played since August. He also became a father of a little girl and his decision would seem consistent. This is an opportunity to benefit from a protected ranking. That is to say to be able to enter the tournaments of his choice, with a limitation all the same. For this, he must know six months of inactivity. A long-term management of the player who wants to participate in the Olympic Games in Paris. His last ones. Yes, because if the player has already launched several times want to play until 40 years, the birth of Skai, it seems, a little changed the deal.
“There is this protected classification, when you do not play for a number of months … I know that if I take it, I’ll have to miss the Australian Open to get my six months straight. That’s going to be my decision,” explained the player, who at 36 years old is reaching an age where he must manage his career differently.
Nevertheless, retirement is not yet here, even if it is inexorably approaching: “2023 is an important year for me, a year of transition, between injury and big goals to be really competitive and be in the competition to get this qualification for (the Paris Olympics) 2024, he said at the microphone of Canal Sports Club. I would not like to miss them, the Olympics, it would be my last more. It would be, I hope not my last year, maybe the year after. I said that I would like to play until 40 years, but the more I stay with my daughter, the more I say to myself a little less”.
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