Monfils withdraws from Wimbledon with injured shoulder
WIMBLEDON, England -- French Open semifinalist Gael Monfils withdrew from Wimbledon before the first round Monday because of inflammation in his right shoulder.
Monfils said he risked long-term injury if he played because the inflammation has been bothering him for a long time.
"I think now with more experience I'm sad, but still, I know it's the right decision," Monfils said. "So I stay confident in my decision and I'm not worried about it -- because I know it will be a couple weeks, but still will be good after."
The 26th-ranked Monfils, who lost to Federer in the French Open semis, could have faced Federer in the third round at Wimbledon.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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