Paris Masters: Gael Monfils withdraws due to rib injury, race for World Tour Finals continues

Paris: Fresh from qualifying for his maiden World Tour Finals, Gael Monfils announced Friday he would sit out next week's Paris Masters to nurse a rib injury.

"Gael Monfils cannot take part in the Paris Masters next week due to a rib injury," the 30-year-old Frenchman's agent Nicolas Lamperin told AFP by mail.

File photo of France's Gael Monfils. AFP

File photo of France's Gael Monfils. AFP

The World Tour Finals take place in London from 13-20 November.

A semi-finalist at the US Open, Monfils sealed qualification for his first World Tour Finals Thursday when rival Dominic Thiem was defeated at the Vienna tournament.

The final two spots for the season-ending championships are still up for grabs and the Paris Masters will decide who qualifies.

There are 10 players still alive in the race to secure a London berth: Thiem, Tomas Berdych, David Goffin, Marin Cilic, Roberto Bautista Agut, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Grigor Dimitrov, David Ferrer and Ivo Karlovic.

The final ATP Masters 1000 in Paris will also see Andy Murray continue his quest for the world number one ranking. Murray needs to win the title in Vienna as well as the Paris Masters to have a shot at replacing Novak Djokovic. In such a situation, if Djokovic does not reach the final in the French capital, the Scot will be crowned as the new world number one in the ATP rankings.

(With inputs from AFP)

Updated Date: Oct 29, 2016 17:46 PM

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