US Open

Monfils hits back at McEnroe criticism

2016-09-10 09:03
Gael Monfils (Getty)

New York - Frenchman Gael Monfils admitted that he was "sad" to hear that tennis legend John McEnroe had questioned his professionalism during his US Open semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic.

The 30-year-old, who has now lost all 13 of his matches to the world number one, went down 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 against Djokovic and appeared not to try his hardest at times, prompting TV commentator McEnroe to say: "You can't support that. Monfils is bordering on unprofessional. And the only reason I say bordering is because it's working."

But Monfils claims his 'slowball' tactics were to confuse Djokovic, who had raced into a 5-0 lead in the first set.

"I'm very sad to learn that such a legend criticised me," said Monfils.

"At the end what I can say to John is, you know John, I want to be the best. It's tough, you know. I try my best. I'm sorry if you think I'm unprofessional but I guess I'm working, I'm learning.

"I think I'm failing a lot but I try to stand up. It's tough because when he calls me unprofessional, he calls my coach unprofessional, he calls my physio unprofessional, all my team unprofessional.

"I won't win a match like that but I can win maybe 15 minutes, maybe two more games, one more game.

"I can push him a little bit to defend, also [give] myself more confidence, and put him out of his balance.

"It was a great strategy I think."

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