10 questions about Gaël Monfils – Svitolina, junior star, coach

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A phenomenon in juniors and an established top 10 player in pros, Gaël Monfils is one of the best players from his generation never to win a Grand Slam. Here is all you need to know about the Frenchman.


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Where was Gaël Monfils born?

Gaël Monfils was born in Paris, on September 1st, 1986. Basketball lover, he is a Detroit Pistons and Carmelo Anthony fan. He would have love to play basket if he failed in tennis.

Where do Monfils’ parents come from?

His father Rufin Monfils is from Guadeloupe. He is a former pro football player and worked as a France Telecom employee. His mother Sylvette Cartesse is from Martinique. She is a nurse. His brother Daryl, seven years younger than him, also plays tennis. He played one match on the ATP tour, with Gaël in the doubles’ draw at the Montpellier tournament in 2012. The brothers were comprehensively defeated by Russian pair Nikolay Davydenko/Igor Kunitsyn (6-2, 6-1). On the ITF tour, Daryl has a 1-6 record.

Gaël Monfils with his father Rufin and his brother Daryl in 2009

What is his height?

Monfils is 6’4” (193cm) tall, according to his profile on the ATP official website. He weighs 87lbs (85kgs).

Who is Monfils’ girlfriend?

Monfils is in a relationship with Ukranian tennis player Elina Svitolina. The Frenchman went public about their relationship during the 2019 Australian Open, where he was in her box during her matches. The pair is very public on social media and even created a joint Instagram account, named “g.e.m.s life”, after their initials. Monfils had relationships with compatriot Alizé Cornet and Czech Republic’s Dominika Cibulkova, who are both WTA players.

 

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Where does Monfils live?

Monfils lives in Switzerland, in the city of Trélex, from the Vaud canton. The city is about 10 kilometers from the French border.

Who is Monfils’ coach?

Monfils has been coached by American coach Liam Smith since December 2018. Born in London, Smith worked as a National Head Coach for Tennis Australia. He helped raise the new generation of Australian players led by Nick Kyrgios, Alex de Minaur, Jordan Thompson or Matthew Ebden. He also worked with Radu Albo or Ricardas Berankis on the ATP Tour. He also coached on the WTA tour and for Justine Henin’s academy.

Liam Smith, Gaël Monfils' coach

In Monfils’ staff, Smith came as a replacement for Sweden’s Mikaël Tillstrom, who returned to his country during the summer of 2018 to work in an academy in Stockholm and spend more time with his family. Monfils and Tillstrom had been working together since the end of 2015. In the past, Monfils was coached by Thierry Champion, Tarik Benhabilès, Roger Rasheed, Patrick Chamagne and Jan De Witt, the latter splitting his working time between he and Monfils good friend Gilles Simon.

What trophies did Monfils win in juniors?

Monfils clinched the ITF year-end junior world No. 1 ranking at the end of a stellar 2004 season, during which he racked up three of the four Grand Slams (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon), losing just two sets in the process. He posted a 31-2 record that season.

When did Monfils turn pro?

Monfils made his ATP debut in 2004. He won his first ATP match in Metz against Xavier Malisse after benefitting from a wildcard. The Frenchman made it to the quarter-finals and lost to fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet. He then beat former top 10 player Thomas Enqvist at the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000 and put on a fight against then-world No.3 Lleyton Hewitt in the second round. Monfils made deeper inroads in 2005 with a first ATP title in Sopot and two indoor finals in Metz and in Lyon. He’d rank inside the top 30 by the end of the season.

2005 Lyon winner Andy Roddick next to runner-up Gaël Monfils

Which racquet does Gaël Monfils play with?

Monfils plays with a Wilson racquet, the Ultra Tour model. He was under contract with Head at the beginning of his career and switched to Prince from 2009 to 2012. He joined Wilson in 2013. As for his clothing sponsor, Monfils has been equipped by Asics since 2013. Monfils began his career with Nike before leaving for K-Swiss in 2010.

What is Gaël Monfils’ net worth?

Monfils’ net worth is estimated at about 10 million dollars. “La Monf” earned about 19 million dollars in prize money from ATP tournaments since the beginning of his pro career. He is endorsed by Asics (outfits/shoes), Wilson (racquet) or Rokit.

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