Tennis world rocked by 'very sad' Gael Monfils scenes: 'So cruel'

·Sports Reporter
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Gael Monfils (pictured left) in pain after hurting his ankle and (pictured right) Jack Draper helping Monfils walk.
Gael Monfils (pictured left) retired hurt against Jack Draper at the Canadian Open after a horror ankle roll. (Images Tennis TV)

The tennis world has reacted with shock after Gael Monfils was brought to tears when he rolled his ankle in a horror accident at the Canadian Open.

Monfils was returning to tennis after a three month break and appeared refreshed after defeating Pedro Martines and Maxime Cressy in the opening rounds in Toronto.

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The exciting Frenchman struggled in the first set against bright British talent Jack Draper as the youngster raced away 6-2.

However, Monfils immediately broke in the second to take a 2-0 lead.

However, it all went wrong for Monfils from here.

In the third game, Monfils hit a running forehand before awkwardly landing on his right ankle.

The 35-year-old went down in agony, which prompted Draper to rush over and check on the veteran.

Draper and the chair umpire helped Monfils to his feet and took him to a chair.

However, Monfils was clearly in pain and appeared to break into tears as a result of the horror setback.

Monfils attempted to play on, but it was clear he was in too much pain to run.

Fans around the world felt for Monfils who had just returned to the ATP Tour after a three month layoff due to injury.

As a result of the retirement, Draper has reached his first ATP 1000 event quarter-finals.

The emerging British star started the season outside the Top 250, but has moved into the top 100 rankings as a result of a strong season.

Monfils hadn't played tennis since the Madrid Open back in May after recovering from a foot injury.

The 35-year-old is married fellow tennis player Elina Svitolina last year.

The pair are expecting a baby girl later this year.

Medical staff tend to Gael Monfils (pictured middle) as he appears in pain at the Canadian Open.
Medical staff tend to Gael Monfils (pictured middle) after an injury at the Canadian Open. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios blasts his way into quarter finals

Earlier in the day, a first set masterclass from Nick Kyrgios against Australian compatriot Alex de Minaur has helped the 27-year-old book his place in the quarter-finals of the Canadian Open.

A day after an impressive victory against World No.1 Daniil Medvedev, Kyrgios looked like a man on a mission as he downed de Minaur 6-2 6-3 in the round of 16.

It was a brutal display from the Wimbledon runner-up, who extended his career-best run of form this season.

Kyrgios hit 14 winners and just one error during the opener, with some viewers describing it as the "perfect" set.

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