Gael Monfils reduced to tears after Australian Open defeat, saying: ‘I am asking for mercy’

Gael Monfils was reduced to tears after his Australian Open first round defeat, pleading for ‘mercy’ as his losing streak extended to six matches.

Monfils lost in five sets to Emil Ruusuvuori, the world number 86, in Melbourne on Monday. It was the first time he has lost in the first round of the Australian Open since 2006.

It means the Frenchman is without a win since February 2020, with him losing six straight matches since the ATP Tour resumed after its enforced break last year.

Afterwards while speaking to the French media, Monfils broke down into tears, as he lifted the lid on his mental struggles and torment.

“I don’t have any confidence,” Gael Monfils, who had not previously lost in the Australian Open first round since 2006, said.

“I would like to get out of this nightmare but I can’t.

“I don’t know when it’s going to end. It’s hard. Every time I get here I feel judged, I’ve lost again.

“I can’t serve, I’m playing badly. I’m being honest and it’s going to take time.”

“Don’t shoot me, I’m asking for mercy. I work like a butcher, but I have zero confidence. I do not feel well.”

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