“We’re Not Really Coaching Each Other”: Elina Svitolina Reveals Husband Gael Monfils’ Support

Published 09/05/2021, 4:42 PM 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)


World No.5 Elina Svitolina recently advanced to the quarters of the US Open 2021. The Ukrainian player thrashed 2-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep in straight sets to seal her spot in the quarter-finals. The final scoreline of the match was 6-3, 6-3.

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In the post-match press conference. Svitolina came across a really intriguing question. She was asked if her husband, Gael Monfils, also coaches her sometimes or gives her some advice about her gameplay.

Tennis players Gael Monfils and wife Elina Svitolina look on from the crowd during the singles match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Matteo Berrettini of Italy. Day Three of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“I have my coach for that. Gael, he’s more like a supporting person for me, for sure. We chat a lot about tennis,” said Svitolina in the press conference.

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Svitolina clearly mentioned that she has her own coaching team to coach her. However, her husband, Gael Monfils, acts like a really supporting person for her and they often talk a lot about the sport.

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Svitolina admitted that even though both she and Monfils support each other, they do not coach one another. She also highlighted that her husband also has a coaching team and she just supports him on the court.

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)

“But, you know, it goes either way. I also support him. He has his coaching team as well. We’re not really coaching each other. It’s more massive support that we have for each other. That’s pretty much it,” added the Ukrainian player.

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Elina Svitolina will now play her second quarter-finals at the Grand Slam. Fans have huge expectations from her and want her to keep playing with the same form and momentum. Will she be able to lift the US Open 2021 title?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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