Again in the semi-finals of Wimbledon, Elina Svitolina will not have Gaël Monfils in her “box”.
Gaël Monfils struggles, at 36, to return to his best level. This is not the case with his wife Elina Svitolina, 8 years her junior. The Ukrainian who gave birth to Skai on October 15, 2022 is back to success. She returned to competition on April 3, won the Strasbourg tournament on May 27, 2023, reached the quarter-finals in Roland Garros a few weeks ago and now finds himself in the last four at Wimbledon.
Gaël Monfils being her husband, could have been in Elina Svitolina’s box. It is not so. The Frenchman’s primary mission is to take care of their daughter Skai. The tricolor is also, for the moment, an undesirable element. “I don’t want to jinx myself. He’s fine with the little one at home. My mom is there too. And then he has his training routine. He’s preparing for the American tour. C It’s better that he stays,” Elina Svitolina laughed at a press conference. Superstitious, no? The “Monf” also seems to want to support his wife more because the end of his career is approaching.
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Biography Gael Monfils Gaël Monfils was born on September 1, 1986 in Paris. Son of a Guadeloupean father and a Martinican mother, he has a younger brother named Daryl and a younger sister named Maélie. The fluent Creole speaker started playing tennis at the age of four at the La Courneuve club in the Paris region. If he has been athletic since a very young age, Gaël Monfils quickly distinguished himself with the yellow ball and began competitions. At 11, the native of Paris is 15/3. Five years later in 2002, he became French champion in the 15/16 year old category. After winning the title of Junior World Champion in 2004, he decided to turn professional and embark on a high-level sporting career.
Known for his energy, his crazy moves and his broad smiles, Gaël Monfils is one of the best players in the history of French tennis, even if he has never done better in the Grand Slam tournaments than a semi-final at Roland-Garros in 2008 and another semi-final at the US Open in 2016 against Novak Djokovic. The 1m93 right-hander now resides in Switzerland in Trelex, a town located in the district of Nyon.
During his career, Gaël Monfils won 12 titles, the latest being Adelaide (Australia) in 2022. Here are the other trophies of “La Monf”: Sopot (Poland) in 2005, Metz (France) in 2009, Montpellier (France ) in 2010, 2014 and 2020, Stockholm (Sweden) in 2011, Washington (United States) in 2016, Kaohsiung (Taiwan) and Doha (Qatar) in 2018, Rotterdam in 2019 and 2020. Two lost Davis Cup finals in 2010 and 2014 are added to the list of the native of Paris as well as 10 finals lost in ATP tournament.
Around the 900th place in the world (nldr: 925) when he turned professional in 2004, Gaël Monfils currently occupies the 21st rank in the ATP ranking. The best ranking achieved by the Frenchman dates from November 2016 when he was 6th.
On the professional circuit for nearly 20 years, Gaël Monfils has played a lot of tournaments where he amassed more than 20 million dollars (20,890,958m $) in winnings obtained thanks to his performances during competitions.
In a relationship with tennis player Dominika Cibulkova a few years ago, Gaël Monfils seems to have a weakness for tennis players.
After parting ways in February 2021, the Frenchman got married on Friday July 16, 2021 to Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in Geneva, Switzerland. Many stars were among the guests like Matt Pokora and his wife Christina Milian or former basketball player Tony Parker.
The French number 1 and his wife, Elina Svitolina, are the parents of a little girl, called Skai, born on October 15, 2022.