Gael Monfils Reveals He Was More ‘Nervous’ to His Wedding Toast to Elina Svitolina Than Facing Rafael Nadal at French Open

Published 08/27/2021, 6:32 AM 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)


French tennis star Gael Monfils and Ukrainian tennis talent Elina Svitolina got married earlier this year. They are one of the most powerful couples on the tennis circuit. Prior to getting married, they were in a relationship and even have a social media account, “Gems”. 

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Recently, Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina engaged in a question and answer session. During the conversation, the Ukrainian star was the one firing the questions and the Frenchman was answering them with honesty. However, the one question that caught my attention was when Elina asked Gael if proposing to her made him more nervous than facing Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros. 

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)

To which, the 34-year-old player stated, “It’s that you’re confident because you know about your relationship. I know it’s an important moment in your life, it’s an important step. And yeah, I was very nervous, more than a match. Life is bigger than our sport. So I was really nervous and really happy that you know it went well.”

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Gael Monfils didn’t impress early on in 2021

Reflecting on his season so far, Monfils began his journey in Melbourne and ended up losing in the opening round. He was next seen in Paris and lost in the second round. After that, he had a similar result at the Wimbledon Championships, losing in the second round there as well. 

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his quarter final match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

He had a successful run in Toronto, reaching the quarterfinal before going down to American player John Isner. Next up at the Cincinnati Open, he lost in the Round of 16 matches to Russian talent Andrey Rublev. 

He is scheduled to play in the US Open and it will be interesting to see how he performs. We wish him the best of luck for the upcoming matches and for the rest of the season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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