‘Big Honor for Us’: Gael Monfils Pays Tribute to Late Virgil Abloh for His Special Contribution in His Wedding With Elina Svitolina

Published 01/13/2022, 12:30 PM EST
PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 19: Gael Monfils and his wife Elina Svitolina are seen during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint Germain and Lyon at Parc des Princes on September 19, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)


Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina are known as tennis’ power couple. They began dating a long time ago, in 2018, and announced their engagement in April last year. Subsequently, they got married on July 16, 2021, in Switzerland.

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The wedding dress that Svitolina wore was designed by the incredibly talented Virgil Abloh. The designer passed away in November last year, and in a recent video, Gael paid tribute to his friend.

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Gael Monfils pays tribute to Virgil Abloh

Australian Open, via its official Instagram handle, shared a video of the power couple. The video shows Elina in a beautiful purple gown. Her dress was designed by their friend Virgil, the former artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection. Gael Monfils was dressed in a smart purple suit, thus matching the color of her gown. The pair were further seen twinning in white.

When asked about the dress, Gael said, “First of all it started with our friend who passed away, Virgil (Abloh) who designed the dress of Elina. That was a big honor for us, one of the biggest designer to draw a wedding dress.”

The wedding party was stunning too; complete with a dance floor, disco ball, and lots of family and friends on hand to celebrate with the very happy couple. Monfils also described Virgil’s work with the dress as “unbelievable.”

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Monfils and Svitolina at Australian Open 2022

On the tennis front, Gael Monfils enters the opening Grand Slam of the season in some fine form. He clinched the Adelaide International 1 title last week. The Frenchman is seeded 17th at this year’s Australian Open and will face Federico Coria in the first round.

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Gael Monfils of France reacts during his Men’s Singles second round match against Marius Copil of Romania on day four of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Elina Svitolina hasn’t had an ideal start to her season. She lost in the round of 32 of the Adelaide International 1 & 2 tournaments. She is seeded 15th and will go up against Fiona Ferro of France in the first round of Australian Open 2022.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Elina Svitolina of Ukraine celebrates after winning her second round match against Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia REUTERS/Edgar Su

We wish the power couple a very happy personal and professional life. Will they be able to dig deep at the next week’s Australian Open? Do let us know your views in the comments below.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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