After losing the last five matches he has played during this COVID-19 season, Gael Monfils has hit the mental wall.
And the ATP No. 11 has said that he needs to put his racquet down for some weeks in order to regain his competitive motivation.
That means he will not play next week at home in Paris Bercy but will work to come back fired up for what promises to be a logistically difficult Australian tennis summer in January.
“Don’t worry, I want to play for many years to come,” he said, explaining that this season’s four-month shutdown of tennis due to the virus pandemic had greatly affected him.
“Many personal things also changed during the Corona break. I was often very sad. The exit (quarantine) restrictions burned me out, I didn’t know how to deal with it.”
Monfils still gave his decision a positive spin: “I’m still eleventh in the world – you shouldn’t forget that,” the 34-year-old said.
“I won’t play for a while, but I will still do sports and live my life as a young man for a few weeks.
“I’ll be back on the court in mid-November. Then it will be a matter of finding a great level for 2021.”
He added: “”One thing is essential for success – I have to get back the joy of tennis.”