French star Gaël Monfils broke down in tears during his post-match press conference after a stunning loss to young Finnish pistol Emil Ruusuvuori finished his open from Australia campaign.
Monfils, seeded No.10 in the men’s singles draw, has continued his race of horror since the COVID-19 layoff in 2020, with Ruusuvuori securing a winner 3-6 6-4 7-5 3- 6 6-3.
“I have no confidence. I would like to get out of this nightmare but I cannot,” he said after the loss, holding back tears.
“I don’t know when it’s going to end. It’s hard. Every time I get here I feel judged, I’ve lost again.
“I can’t serve, I’m playing badly. I’m being honest and it’s going to take time.”
The 34-year-old said he would use the advice his mother gave him to get out of the post-COVID crisis.
“I’m going to share the simple advice my mom gives me – ‘You have to keep training and it will come back,” he said.
“It’s the only thing.”
With Monfils having to lick his injuries, Ruusuvuori will face Spaniard Pedro Martinez in the second round after Martinez defeated Yoshihito Nishioka in four sets.