Home favourite Gael Monfils has been forced to withdraw from the French Open less than a week before the second Grand Slam of the year is due to get underway because of a foot injury.

The former world number six has revealed that he has been struggling with the issue since last month’s Monte Carlo Masters and will now undergo surgery, meaning he will miss this week’s Lyon Open and the upcoming Roland Garros showpiece, with no exact timeframe put on his return.

“Hi all, I regret to inform you that I am forced to withdraw from Open Parc de Lyon and the French Open next week,” Monfils posted on Twitter. “I have been bothered by a calcaneal spur since Monte Carlo at my right heel which prevents me from moving properly on court.

“I have decided to undergo a small procedure this week to treat the issue before returning to competitive play. I will keep you updated about my progress when I have more news.”

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Monfils holds a 12-6 record this year, which includes winning his 11th ATP Tour title at the Adelaide International in January, while he was last seen losing in the second round of the Madrid Open to world number one Novak Djokovic earlier this month.

The 35-year-old’s absence from the French Open will be sorely felt, as he is the highest-ranked French player on the ATP Tour, currently sitting 22nd in the world, 23 places higher than Ugo Humbert.

He also has a great affinity with the Roland Garros event, as he has played in the main draw on 15 previous occasions, with his best performance coming in 2008 when he made it all the way to the semi-finals.

Monfils is the second high-profile player to withdraw from the French Open over recent days, with former world number one Andy Murray (50/1 – Wimbledon Outright) having confirmed he will swerve the event to focus on his preparations for Wimbledon.

This year’s French Open is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, with defending champion Djokovic (7/4 – French Open Outright) the number one seed and 13-time winner Rafael Nadal (11/4) also among the favourites to go all the way.

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