Elina Svitolina Reveals How Tennis Helps Relationship With Gael Monfils

Published 06/05/2021, 2:34 AM EDT
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)

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina made it into the last 32 after defeating Ann Li at the French Open 2021. It is her seventh consecutive entry in the third round at Roland-Garros.


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Interestingly, the 26-year-old finished both her previous matches in straight sets. Also, on both occasions, she recovered a break in the second set.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 3, 2021 Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina celebrates after winning her second round match against Ann Li of the U.S. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

However, more than her performance, her on-court comment about fiance Gael Monfils caught all eyes. Elina joked, “Well, he always has to agree with me because I am the boss in the house.”


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Later, in the post-match press conference, the Ukrainian star opened up on her relationship with the ATP’s World No.15. In essence, she highlighted how being tennis professionals helps their bonding.

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Elina Svitolina briefs on relationship with Gael Monfils

Before coming to Paris, Monfils took Svitolina on a road trip to Switzerland and proposed to her. She accepted the proposal, and the duo has been inseparable ever since.

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)

Talking to the press, the current World No.6 tried to better her previous ‘I am the boss’ comment. For this, she stated that relationships are a two-way street and that communication is paramount.

“The good boss is the one who understands because I think it has to be both ways, and I think relationships go both ways. You have to listen, and you have to speak. It is all about the communication,” Elina explained.

Furthermore, the Ukrainian added that every individual has their own set of opinions. In this matter, they gave an underlying advantage given their same professional background.

Elina continued, “We speak a lot. It is really helpful we both compete at the highest level of tennis. We understand what we are both going through. It is really amazing to have someone by your side who can share the same emotions and the same problems.”

Undoubtedly, the G.E.M.S.life will continue to inspire the world with their remarkable on and off-court stories for many more years.

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Svitolina In, Monfils Out at French Open 2021

Unlike Svitolina, the 34-year-old French man has had a hard time on the tennis court this season. After crashing out in the first round at Australian Open 2021, Monfils lost in the French Open 2021 round two.


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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 3, 2021 France’s Gael Monfils reacts during his second round match against Sweden’s Mikael Ymer REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

However, he will appear at Roland-Garros, cheering for her fiance in the third round and forwards. Svitolina will face Czech professional Barbora Krejčíková in the third round.

Considering the exits of Barty, Osaka, Andreescu, Muguruza, Sabalenka, and others, does Svitolina finally have a chance to claim her maiden Grand Slam title? In time, we will find out.


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