“The Reason I Breathe”: Gael Monfils Is Head Over Heels for Wife Elina Svitolina on Her Birthday

Published 09/12/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
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)


Tennis players Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina have been together for a fair amount of time. As time has gone by, the bond shared by these two athletes has gone from strength to strength. Not long ago, the couple got married and have since then, shared heartwarming instances of their personal lives on social media.  

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On the birthday of Elina Svitolina, her husband Gael Monfils opened up on social media about how much she meant to him. The charismatic Frenchman expressed her importance in his life in a special birthday post.  

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)

The 35-year-old stated, Happy Birthday my Love Elina Svitolina. From the day you walked into my life, you’re the reason I breathe. You are the stars in my sky. I wouldn’t want this any other way. You’re the Love of my life.”

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Gael Monfils’ poor run at the Grand Slam events 

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The pair began their tennis season in Australia. Unfortunately, Gael lost in the opening round of the Australian Open while Elina did have a good run until the fourth round when she exited the event.

They didn’t fare much better at the French Open either as the Frenchman exited in the second round whereas his fiancé lost in the third. In their last Grand Slam before US, both of the players exited in the second round. 

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)

Monfils had a great run during the US Open Series events. However, in the US Open, he lost to Italian youngster Jannik Sinner in an epic five-set thriller in the third round. On the other hand, Svitolina came as far as the quarterfinal. Unfortunately, she lost to the eventual finalist and teenager Leylah Fernandez. We wish the married couple the very best for the remainder 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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