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Kenny De Schepper to replace Gael Monfils

31 December 2015, by

World No.24 Gael Monfils has withdrawn from Hopman Cup 2016 due to a leg injury and will be replaced by compatriot Kenny De Schepper for Team France.

“I’m disappointed that I have to withdraw from the Hopman Cup,” Monfils said today.

“I was really looking forward to travelling to Perth for the first time and teaming up with Caroline Garcia.

“I wish Kenny and Caroline the best of luck and hope they can hold up that prestigious trophy.”

Hopman Cup Tournament Director Paul Kilderry said it is disappointing to hear the news about Monfils but wished him a speedy recovery.

“It’s unfortunate to hear Gael is unable to play in Perth. We wish him well over the next couple of weeks ahead of the Aussie Open,” Kilderry said.

“We are pleased to welcome Kenny to the Hopman Cup field. We know how excited he will be to play on centre court at Perth Arena with Caroline next week.”

De Schepper, the current world No.148’s best Grand Slam result is a fourth round appearance at Wimbledon before reaching a career high ranking of 62.

Hopman Cup 2016 field (ATP and WTA rankings as of 31 December 2015)
Australia Green [30] Nick Kyrgios and [36] Daria Gavrilova
Australia Gold [105] Jarmila Gajdosova and [307] Lleyton Hewitt
Czech Republic [11] Karolina Pliskova and [41] Jiri Vesely
France [34] Caroline Garcia and [148] Kenny De Schepper
Germany [32] Sabine Lisicki and [83] Alexander Zverev
Great Britain [2] Andy Murray and [55] Heather Watson
Ukraine [19] Elina Svitolina and [36] Alexandr Dolgopolov
USA [1] Serena Williams and [26] Jack Sock




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