Elina Svitolina

The blossoming romance between Elina Svitolina and Gael Monfils has been one of the unexpected subplots of the Australian Open – and now they’ve made it official in the most 2019 way possible.

WTA Finals champion Svitolina seemed a bit reticent to discuss her relationship with the French star when quizzed about his presence in her player’s box for her second round victory in Melbourne.

In the press conference after that win she opened up a little, telling the media:

” He’s there for me. He’s there [to] support me and I’m there for him as well. He understands, I understand what he’s going through. Yeah we are dating.”

And now their relationship has been made official on Instagram too.

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Not only did Monfils and Svitolina post a charming video montage of the two of them going about their daily lives together which includes a friendly game of Jenga, soundtracked by various songs, they did so on a brand new Instagram account dedicated to the new power couple in tennis: g.e.m.s life.

The 24-year-old Ukrainian has breezed into the third round, while the world No. 33-ranked Monfils lost in the second round to Taylor Fritz. Svitolina played against world No. 40 Shuai Zhang and won. Now, she will go up against American tennis player Madison Keys in the Round of 16 in order to reach the quarterfinals.

Her final score read 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 and Key’s score read 6-3, 6-2 against Belgium’s Elise Mertens.

Svitolina and Shuai even shared a warm embrace seen around the world following their epic third round encounter at the Australian Open.

The two toiled for nearly three hours in the warm Australian sun, and Elina Svitolina eventually rallied from a double-break deficit in the final set in a mammoth victory against Zhang Shuai at the Australian Open on Friday.

“It was great fight today, I think for both of us. I think we left everything on court. Last night when I checked the weather, it was 20 degrees [Celsius], max, so I didn’t really expect it was going to be that hot,” Svitolina said after the match.

“It was very hot, but I always think that, [in] this situation…I think, ‘Okay, there is an opponent across the net, and also struggling also in the same situation, also run the same amount of hours on the court.’

“I try to think that way and I’m not alone here.”

The Ukrainian continued: “I think a tennis match is a tennis match. You finish the match, and of course everyone wants to win as bad as the other person, but it’s done. She’s a very nice person. I played with her in TieBreakTens and we had a good time. We practice sometimes.

“It’s not only about tennis here. I think it’s very important to be a person and to be open. That’s what I am. It’s not like a big deal for me, but, you know, when someone is hurting, it’s normal to help.”