‘Only Young Once’ – Tennis Veteran Gael Monfils Turns Emotional as He Dishes Out a Soul-Stirring Message for the Youth

Published 10/26/2023, 9:46 AM EDT

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The tennis world comprises its beauty out of a strong relationship between two categories of players: Young enthusiasts and experienced legends. Amid the strong levels of competitiveness that the sport presents, some unique incidents highlight the true nature of the sport. Gael Monfils, a player known for his excellent skills, laid a perfect example of oneness in the sport.

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New players always try to make their way into the tennis world. Being divided by nationalities and goals, one factor that is common among all of them is the motivation that they seek from experienced players. Recently, French tennis icon Gael Monfils took time to offer his advice to aspiring players. The uniqueness of his approach directly went through the youth’s hearts.

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Gael Monfils, the 37-year-old tennis sensation, has always been a source of inspiration for aspiring young tennis players worldwide. His glorious career on the court and the high levels of his sportsmanship have earned him the admiration of countless aspiring enthusiasts. Recently, Monfils took a moment to share some invaluable words of motivation for the budding tennis stars, offering them a meaningful direction for their journey.

Gael Monfils highlighted the importance of enjoying and loving the sport above all else, reminding young athletes that tennis is meant to be nothing less than a great experience. He mentioned, “They need to enjoy, love the sport.. Play with friends, enjoy competing.. it’s not always about being super serious when you’re very young. It’s about exploring yourself. Enjoy. You’re only young once.” His advice targeted the young generation and the words came out in a way that the current generations could understand and relate to.

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Gael Monfils’ message carried the weight of experience and success, serving as a guiding light for the next generation of tennis talents. While the 37-year-old’s words directly moved the feelings of the young generations, he wasn’t the only one who took time to uplift them.

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Sloane Stephens’ words added to the motivation provided by Gael Monfils

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Young aspiring players have always tried to find an opportunity to seek motivation from legendary tennis players. Besides the worthy advice from Gael Monfils, WTA tennis star Sloane Stephens also used her chance to share her thoughts. She said, “I always think of those kids before I do anything. Would they feel inspired if they read or saw what I did? Would their parents be proud to have their child in my program? I’m all about representation.” Stephens likes to ensure that her actions will lead to a positive outcome for someone else in the future.

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The tennis legends, even after they have spent enough time on the courts, remember their duties towards the sport and make sure to drop the right choice of words when it comes to guiding the youngsters. With this great advice from Gael Monfils and Sloane Stephens’ dedication to watching each of her actions, the tennis community appears to be in the right hands.

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Akshay Kapoor

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Akshay Kapoor is a tennis writer at Essentially Sports. With a commendable experience of around 2 years in sports journalism under his belt, Akshay joined ES with the intention of taking the next step in honing his skills. Born into a family that practically breathes tennis, Akshay spent his early days huddled together with his loved ones, watching the electrifying rallies of the legendary Rafael Nadal.
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