Rome, September 18
France’s Gael Monfils revealed on Friday that he had been racially abused on Instagram following his early exit on the Italian Open in Rome.
Fifth seed Monfils, who had obtained a bye into the second spherical, misplaced 6-2 6-Four to Dominik Koepfer on Thursday after which he obtained the abusive feedback as private messages, with one fan calling him a “stupid black monkey” and “slave”.
World No. 9 Monfils, 34, was taking part in the German, who’s ranked 97, in his first match in practically seven months after the season resumed following the COVID-19 hiatus.
“Unfortunately I gave it everything, but was very bad,” Monfils wrote over one of many screenshots the place a fan accused him of not making an attempt arduous sufficient.
“Not a good evening, but I hope to come back stronger.”
“You don’t deserve your top 10 ranking,” mentioned one fan.
The Italian Open is a tune-up match for the French Open which begins on September 27 at Roland Garros. Reuters