PARIS -- Gael Monfils has decided to end his season early, after an injury-hit campaign for the Frenchman.
Monfils, who was sidelined for several months this year with knee problems, lost in the first round of the Swedish Open on Tuesday to Patrik Rosenholm, who is ranked 436th.
On Thursday, Monfils said his knee is better but "it's just that I'm not ready... I've got too much desire to get back to the top to accept playing awfully."
Monfils is currently ranked 47th, but will slip to around number 70 on Monday.
He adds that "it will be really hard to climb back up the rankings -- but that's the kind of challenge I like. Even at number 90, Monfils will not be a gift to other guys in the first round."