“Winning French Open, It’s Easier”: Gael Monfils Struggles To Express Emotions During His Wedding Toast

Published 07/17/2021, 9:17 PM 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)


Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina tied the knot on Friday the 16th of July. The tennis sweethearts have been dating for the past two years and have finally made it official. While it was one of the happiest moments of his life, Monfils struggled to express his emotions. The Frenchman even joked, saying it would be easier winning the Roland Garros than putting his emotions into words.

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Getting back together after splitting ways earlier this years, Gael proposed to Elina in Switzerland a few weeks back.

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Gael Monfils getting emotional during his wedding reception speech

Giving a speech is always an emotional moment for the bride and bridegroom. The same happened with Gael Monfils when he tried to explain his emotions after the wedding.

Usually I’m very comfortable but. Pu **** I, I have a lot of emotions. It’s a lot harder than I thought. Finally, winning Roland may be easier,” said Monfils during his speech.

The couple had arranged for a themed wedding in Geneva, Switzerland. Elina wore a beautiful off-white gown with lavender linings, whereas Gael wore a lavender suit to coordinate with her.

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Elina and Gael heading to Tokyo

After a splendid wedding in Geneva and a small celebration with family and friends, the couple will be heading to Tokyo later this month, for the Olympics. Elina will be representing Ukraine in both singles and doubles, whereas Gael will be leading the French contingent. With a not-so-great 2021, the two players will be looking to make a mark at the Olympics with their performance.

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Elina has had a 23-13 win-loss record in 2021, whereas Gael has managed only three wins this year, along with nine losses. Maybe the wedding will give them extra motivation to win a few games this month, possibly a potential podium finish in Tokyo.

LONDON, ENGLAND – July 11: Elina Svitolina of the 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)

It will be a great scene if the couple can get a podium finish together. However, it looks a bit difficult for Gael to make it to the top three at the Olympics. Elina can still pull off a stunner in Tokyo, as the World No.6 will be hungry for success.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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