“Nervous”: Elina Svitolina Reveals Gael Monfils’s Emotions While Proposing to Her

Published 04/04/2021, 1:01 PM 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)

While their fans are happy and relieved that the sun has broken through the cloud of mist hanging over Gael Monfils-Elina Svitolina fairytale, the Ukrainian has let slip a little secret from their engagement amid the scenic mountains.


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No video Elina Svitolina tells Daria Gavrilova

To Svitolina’s adorable post announcing her engagement to the veteran Frenchman, emerging Australian tennis star Daria Gavrilova left a comment, asking her Ukrainian peer to share a video of the proposal.


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“We are waiting for the video, please say you have the proposal video,” Gavrilova posted.

The World Number 5 replied that the idea of having his proposal shot didn’t occur to her would-be husband as he was too busy getting over his diffidence as he bent down on his knee to pop the question.

A tennis fan recently tweeted a collage of messages exchanged on social media by the much-adored tennis couple, hinting that they may be getting back together soon.

The post lifted the spirits of their fans, who were sad about their shock break-up announcement.

The couple posted a couple of images on their social media handles, announcing their engagement.

While Gael Monfils is going through a career slump, Elina Svitolina is faring significantly better at tennis

One image showed Svitolina and Monfils pulling a selfie in the backdrop of snowy peaks, and the other had the Ukrainian showing off her glittering engagement ring.

The pictures set to rest frenzied speculation around the couple’s future.

The pair, who had been going steady since 2019, had recently posted that they had decided to mutually separate while asking fans to respect their privacy.

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)

On the career front, Monfils is passing through a career slump while his partner is doing significantly better.


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The Frenchman crashed out in the opening round of this year’s Australian Open after losing to rising Finnish star Emil Ruusuvuori.

He hasn’t featured in any Tour event since his Melbourne Park exit.


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Svitolina fell to American Jessica Pegula in the fourth round of the Australian Open, but has since redeemed herself with a quarter-final appearance in Dubai and a run to the last-four at Miami.


Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.