Tennis Gael Monfils saddened by John McEnroe criticism

Gael Monfils admits he was left saddened after finding out tennis great John McEnroe had criticised his professionalism during his US Open semi-final loss.

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Gael Monfils admits he was left saddened after finding out tennis great John McEnroe had criticised his professionalism during his US Open semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic. 

Monfils - featuring in the semis of a major for just the second time - went down 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-2 to the world number one in New York. 

McEnroe was critical of the Frenchman's performance, with the seven-time grand slam winner saying Monfils acted "unprofessional" at times.

But Monfils fired back at McEnroe, saying he is "happy to talk" to the 57-year-old about his attitude. 

"I'm very sad to hear that," Monfils told reporters after hearing about McEnroe's on-air criticism of him. 

"I'm very sad to learn that such a legend criticises me, because at the end what I can say to John is, you know, John, I want to be the best. It's tough, you know. And 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… but I try to stand up. 

"When he calls me unprofessional, he calls my coach unprofessional, calls my physio unprofessional, all my team, actually, unprofessional."

He added: "I want to [say] to John that I'm more than happy to talk with him.

"You know, [he] is someone that I always care about what he is saying, but I'm just sad that he criticises me that easily."

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