‘Back to work’: Monfils gets real after emotional Australian Open exit

Two days after making an emotional exit from the Australian Open, Frenchman Gael Monfils vowed to bounce back from a series of poor results in the past year, saying tennis was his biggest passion and it was time to get “back to work”. The former world number six last tasted victory at the end of February 2020 and Monday’s first round defeat at Melbourne Park in five sets to Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori was the sixth straight loss for the 34-year-old. Holding back tears during his post-match press conference, 11th-ranked Monfils said he felt trapped in a “nightmare” as he continued his battle to emerge from a form slump.

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