By Richard Pagliaro | @Tennis_Now | Saturday, February 10, 2024
Gael Monfils shot down reports he was disqualified from UTS Oslo due to a locker space skirmish.
In a post on Twitter/X, Monfils stated “there was no malice or negativity on my part. No abuse, no violence.”
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UTS Oslo organizers released a declaration on Friday stating Monfils was disqualified from the occasion “due to a violation of the code of conduct resulting from his behavior towards the tournament supervisor.”
The declaration from the competition, arranged by coach Patrick Mouratoglou, triggered speculation that Monfils was associated with a run-in that triggered his disqualification.
Following the disqualification of La Monf, Lucas Pouille will make his launching versus Benoit Paire in Friday night’s last match #UTSOslo
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— UTS Tour – Oslo (Feb09-11) (@uts_tour_) February 9, 2024
Monfils, who lost his match to Aussie Alex de Minaur 15-12, 17-8, 16-9, stated while “joking around in the locker room, Stephane was unfortunately hurt.” Monfils stated the the event was unintended and preserves there was no malice or run-in that triggered his disqualification.
I wish to inform everybody what occurred at UTS in Oslo. As per the release from UTS straight, there was no malice or negativeness on my part. No abuse, no violence.
However, whilst joking around in the locker space, Stephane was regrettably harmed. It was never ever my intent to harm…
— Gael Monfils (@Gael_Monfils) February 10, 2024
“The disqualification makes this look like there was an issue or altercation backstage but really there wasn’t, this was an accident and nothing more,” Monfils published. “However, whilst joking around in the locker room, Stephane was unfortunately hurt.
“It was never ever my intent to harm or trigger damage and fortunately Stephane understands that. People who understand me, understand this is not in my nature. Stephane and I have actually shook hands and carry on.
“The disqualification makes this look like there was an issue or altercation backstage but really there wasn’t, this was an accident and nothing more.”
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