Cincinnati - Frenchman Gael Monfils was accused of not trying his best by
former US women's singles star Tracy Austin on Monday after crashing out in the
first round of the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters.
Austin, commentating for the Tennis Channel, accused Monfils of playing fast
and loose with little regard for the score as he bowed out 6-4, 7-5 to Poland's
Jerzy Janowicz in an hour and a quarter.
"To not give 100 percent and be so blatant about it, I think it's
disrespectful," said the teenaged Grand Slam winner of three decades ago.
"It looked like exhibition tennis. We've seen that way too many times
with him. With Gael it's so difficult to watch because you know his upside
ceiling could be so big but he just goes away and doesn't even try."
The loss came a week after the number 16 was defeated in the Montreal second
round by Gilles Muller in three sets after Monfils put out Fabio Fognini with
the loss of just four games in the first round in Canada.
The main complaint against Monfils was a rapid-fire serving speed which
barely allowed ballboys to get into position between the end of one point and
the start of the next.
During one rally, Monfils turned his back on Janowicz before losing the
Monfils has made his name in tennis with a playful nature which can produce
stunning shot-making in one moment and cringing errors in another.
Results from Cincinnati ATP and WTA tournaments here Monday (x denotes seeded player):
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) bt Madison Brengle (USA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) bt Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 6-3, 6-2
Karin Knapp (ITA) bt Ana Konjuh (CRO) 7-5, 6-1
Venus Williams (USA) bt Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 7-6 (8/6), 6-4
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) bt Garbine Muguruza (ESP x8) 6-4, 7-6 (7/0)
Timea Babos (HUN) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS) 7-6 (8/6), 4-6, 7-5
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) bt Barbora Strycova (CZE) 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (8/6)
Madison Keys (USA) bt Timea Bacsinszky (SUI x12) 6-4, 6-3
Andrea Petkovic (GER x15) bt Julia Goerges (GER) 6-4, 6-2
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) bt Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 7-5, 3-6, 6-1
Elina Svitolina (UKR x14) bt Alison Riske (USA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM) bt Alize Cornet (FRA) 6-4, 6-4
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) bt Gilles Simon (FRA x10) 6-4, 6-7 (1/7), 6-3
Mardy Fish (USA) bt Viktor Troicki (SRB) 6-2, 6-2
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) bt Jiri Vesely (CZE) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2
Bernard Tomic (AUS) bt Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 6-4, 6-3
Joao Sousa (POR) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) bt Denis Kudla (USA) 6-4, 6-3
Andreas Seppi (ITA) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-3, 6-3
Benoit Paire (FRA) bt Gilles Muller (LUX) 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (8/6)
Jerzy Janowicz (POL) bt Gael Monfils (FRA x14) 6-4, 7-5
David Goffin (BEL x13) bt Lu Yen-hsun (TPE) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
Jack Sock (USA) bt Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) 6-1, 6-2
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-3, 6-4
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Jared Donaldson (USA) leads Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 7-5, 6-7 (2/7), 4-1 (suspended, rain)