Elina Svitolina’s Mastery of the ‘Art of Compartmentalizing’ Rubs Off on Husband Gael Monfils as He Reveals Its Surprising Benefits

Published 12/14/2023, 9:44 PM EST

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Tennis star Gael Monfils recently dropped some exclusive bits about the valuable lessons he learned from his wife, Elina Svitolina. Svitolina has been a great mother and activist for Ukraine, apart from being a talented tennis player. But balancing family and tennis wasn’t an easy decision for her. On top of that, Russia’s invasion of her homeland Ukraine impacted Svitolina’s mental health. However, she is not a person to give up easily and now her husband Gael Monfils reveals the power behind Svitolina’s commendable courage.

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Svitolina returned to the court after several months of giving birth and defeated the world’s number-one in Wimbledon right away. Now her husband reveals the secret formula that helps Elina Svitolina balance her personal and professional life so well.

Tennis player Gael Monfils shared the valuable lesson his wife Elina Svitolina taught him

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Gael Monfils recently shared that Elina Svitolina taught him a great method to not let the outside world impact Monfils’s performance. He said-“Separate your struggles from your self. From motherhood, to our respective comebacks, to the pressures of public life, to her deeply personal connection to the situation in Ukraine, Elina’s shown me the art of compartmentalizing without over-identifying. Her ability to keep a clear head in the chaos is amazing. One way I try to apply this to my own life is by not taking anything personally: if someone criticizes my game, or writes something rude about me online, I remind myself it’s not about me. It’s so simple, but it helps take the sting out of a stressful situation.”

Gael Monfils’s comment helps the young tennis stars to understand the importance of keeping a clean head while playing tennis. The fact that players do get criticized, impacts them mentally. Later the spectators find that out through the performance.

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Svitolina’s guidance to her husband, helps players to understand the safe distance they need to acquire between their professional life and the media.

How did Svitolina balance her crucial journey of professional tennis between the struggles of motherhood and marriage?

Svitolina previously spoke about this challenge, when she mentioned how hard it was for her to prioritize just one aspect of her life. She commented- “ it is really difficult, because you have to sacrifice something. I want to spend much more time with my daughter, but I have work, tennis, and media activities.” Since Svitolina’s aim to win any tournament is to represent Ukraine’s current political issues, she had to choose between her baby and her professional goals.

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Elina Sitolina’s guidance to her husband Gael Monfils appeared a true gem for many people struggling between criticisms and good performance. The way she handled her life and her tennis skills maturely, she deserves a lot more recognition. Now that even her husband Gael Monfils found her advice remarkable, Svitolina inspires all aspiring people beyond tennis.

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