An emotional Gael Monfils has fought back tears after his Australian Open campaign was ended in the first round.

French star Gael Monfils has broken down into tears in his post-match press conference after a stunning loss to Finnish young gun Emil Ruusuvuori ended his Australian Open campaign.

Monfils, seeded No.10 in the men’s singles draw, continued his horror run since the COVID-19 layoff in 2020, with Ruusuvuori running out a 3-6 6-4 7-5 3-6 6-3 winner.

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“I don’t have any confidence. I would like to get out of this nightmare but I can’t,” he said after the loss, fighting 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.

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“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 some advice given to him by his mother in order to get himself out of the post-COVID form slump.

“I’ll share the simple advice my mother will give me – ‘you have to keep training and it will come back’,” he said.

“That’s the only thing.”

While Monfils is left to lick his wounds, Ruusuvuori will face Spain’s Pedro Martinez in the second round after Martinez defeated Yoshihito Nishioka in four sets.

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