“100%”: Gael Monfils Agrees With Elina Svitolina That Dating an Athlete Is Not Fun

Published 03/29/2021, 6:36 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Elina Svitolina and Gaël Monfils attend the Citi Taste Of Tennis in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for AYS Sports Marketing)


Former World No. 3 Elina Svitolina was in a relationship with French tennis player Gael Monfils. The pair was termed as a ‘power couple’ in the tennis world. They began dating in 2019, during the Australian Open and used to accompany each other for their respective matches on Tour.

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Unfortunately, after the Australian Open this year, Elina Svitolina ended her relationship with Monfils. The pair was dating for two years but decided to take a break to focus on their respective careers. After revealing this disappointing news, they deleted their joint account on Instagram,’G.E.M.S Life’.

LONDON, ENGLAND – July 11: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine with her partner Gael Monfils of France warming up before her semifinal match on Centre Court during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 11, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Elina Svitolina posts an amusing Instagram Reel

Recently, the Ukrainian star put up a clip on Instagram with a rap song of American music mogul Eminem being played in the background. She answered a few queries but only via facial expressions.

One such topic was about dating an athlete. She was quick to shake her head in refusal. Surprisingly, her ex-boyfriend, Gael Monfils came across the clip and he shared a mutual opinion with his former girlfriend, commenting, “100% hahaha 🤣🤣 ❤️ (XV)(III)”  

At the Australian Open this year, Monfils crashed out in the opening round. After the match, he shed a few tears during the post-match press conference. It’s been over a year since the Frenchman won a competitive match.

After Elina’s opening round win in Melbourne, she wrote ‘Gael’ on the camera and blew a kiss to show him some support in a difficult phase in his career.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 12: Tennis players Gael Monfils and girlfriend Elina Svitolina look on from the crowd during the singles match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Matteo Berrettini of Italy during Day Three of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 12, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

A slow start to the season

At the first Grand Slam event of the year, Svitolina registered impressive wins before going down to American tennis player Jessica Pegula. It was not her best performance at the event. Previously, in 2018 and 2019, she had reached the quarterfinal stage of the tournament which remains her best showing there yet.

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Recently, Svitolina competed at the WTA Qatar Open and lost in the quarterfinal. After that, she featured at the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships and her journey came to an end in the round of 32. At the moment, she is competing at the Miami Open.

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On the other hand, Gael has not played a competitive match since his exit at the Australian Open.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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