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Dumb-Founded by French Open Reception, Elina Svitolina Reveals How Marriage With Gael Monfils Is Reaping Benefits – ‘Didn’t Expect That..’

Published 06/06/2023, 1:10 AM EDT

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Ukrainian tennis star, Elina Svitolina was completely taken aback by the outpouring support from the crowd at French Open. The energetic crowd greeted her with loud cheers into the tournament. The tennis ace acknowledged the emotional connection that she had forged with the spectators. The cheers and enthusiasm of the crowd seemed to shock Svitolina; they seemed to miraculously empower her to play with zest.

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Despite being caught off guard by the sheer magnitude of the backing she received, Svitolina was keenly aware of the special bond that she had with the spectators. Svitolina could not predict such overwhelming support from the crowd. Svitolina acknowledged that her marriage to Frenchman Gael Monfils may have served as a source of inspiration and motivation for the French audience.

Elina Svitolina astonished by the energetic crowd at Roland Garros


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The cheers emanating from the crowd in the stands provided Svitolina with a realm of encouragement. Whenever she appeared to be floundering in a match, these affirmations became a source of strength and energy. The cheers enabled her to turn the tide. The post-match interview ended with Svitolina communicating her heartfelt gratitude to the crowd for their unwavering show of support.

At the post-match conference, the Ukrainian star shared, “..But yeah, from the first round, you know, people were cheering me on. And getting more and more, and really and, special, things I didn’t expect that.” 


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She also explained,” I already knew from Strasbourg that a lot of people supported me. I have been with Gael for over five years now. I didn’t expect that it would come like this year.”

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The Ukrainian tennis sensation, achieved an incredible feat at the 2023 French Open. Ranked outside the top 150, she stormed into the quarterfinals, her first Grand Slam milestone since becoming a mother. Svitolina’s Roland Garros journey has been remarkable, with three previous quarterfinal appearances in 2015, 2017, and 2020. She credited the enthusiastic crowd for her success, as their cheers and support motivated her to fight for victory. Svitolina expressed deep gratitude for the fans’ involvement, recognizing the pivotal role they played in her outstanding performance.

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Tennis has played host to many remarkable love stories over its history. No story is more romantic and inspiring than that of Svitolina and Monfils. Fans were bewitched by Monfils’ emotional first-round victory at Roland Garros. He later dedicated his win to his newborn daughter, Skai.

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Svitolina, who was also competing in the tournament, reciprocated the sentiment and expressed her love and support for her husband in a heartfelt message. The intensity of his match was overwhelming and Svitolina, from the comfort of her room, cheered him on with complete passion. Despite competing in such a demanding event, Monfils took a break from the court to show up and cheer for Svitolina.


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Their commitment and love for each other remind us of the power of true partnership and their story has captured the hearts of tennis fans all around the world. It

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Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon

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Aditya Menon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, covering several high-profile tournaments and events. With a passion for writing that matches his love for the sport, he has a special interest in covering the activities of tennis legends like Serena Williams and the ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis. Aditya’s interest in tennis started at a young age when his father introduced him to the sport.

Edited By: Bhavani Singh