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Monfils: No Abuse, No Violence


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.

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.

“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.”

Photo credit: Mark Peterson/Corleve




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