Patrick Chamagne, who is Gael Monfils’ physical trainer and close friend, explained the reasons for the Frenchman’s withdrawal from Miami. “The fact is that Gael is still suffering from his left hand injury after falling in Davis Cup during his match against Germany’s Philip Kohlschreiber. Chamagne insists it’s a hand injury and has nothing to do with the wrist problem which handicapped Monfils during much of last season. “He played with it in Indian Wells while taking anti-inflammatories since we didn’t want him to keep complaining. Since he was still feeling pain, he passed an MRI which showed nothing abnormal. But Dr Montalvan (the French Federation doctor) insisted that he should stop playing if he had any doubts. . . ” At the moment, Monfils is still planning on playing in Monte Carlo.

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