‘There Were Some Problems’: Elina Svitolina Reveals Details of Her Relationship With Gael Monfils

Published 12/31/2021, 11:30 AM EST
PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 19: Gael Monfils and his wife Elina Svitolina are seen during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint Germain and Lyon at Parc des Princes on September 19, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)


Former World No. 3 player Elina Svitolina has been a consistent performer over the years on the women’s Tour. Over the course of her career, the Ukranian star has won 16 singles titles. This year, there was an interesting development in her life, off the court; in July 2021, Svitolina married the French tennis player Gael Monfils. 

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The couple had been dating since 2018, before they got engaged in April this year. In a recent interview, she talked about the rough patch that she and Monfils had hit in early 2021. 

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Elina Svitolina gets to spend more time with husband Gael Monfils 

Of course, that is a common occurrence amongst couples and they did overcome their issues. She recently revealed that being in a relationship with an athlete from the same field helped them be closer, as they could spend more time together.  

Svitolina was asked whether their marriage changed, in any way, the manner in which she prepared for tournaments. She stated, “Tennis preparation has not changed anything at all. Everything was connected with us. I trained there, then he came there, I came there because the two of us are in tennis, that is, it is much easier for us what we need.”

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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)

Elina mentioned that after the marriage, things are much better. Being married helps the busy couple spend more time with each other.  

The 27-year-old added, “There is a tennis gym when only this is the most important for preparation for training. So it did not change it. After the wedding, it somehow held us together more. There were some problems at the beginning of the year but yes after the wedding, there was more of us…”

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Coming to tennis, Svitolina won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. She is scheduled to compete in the Australian Open 2022 beginning next month. We wish her all the best for the upcoming season.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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