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Gaël Monfils

Gaël Sébastien Monfils is a French professional tennis player. He reached a career-high ATP world No. 6 singles ranking on 7 November 2016.

His career highlights include reaching two Grand Slam singles semifinals at the 2008 French Open and 2016 US Open and three ATP Tour Masters 1000 singles finals – two at the Paris Masters (2009, 2010) and the other at the Monte Carlo Masters (2016).

Monfils was named the ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2005. Monfils has won ten ATP World Tour singles titles and been runner-up twenty-one times in ATP Tour tournaments.

He has reached at least one ATP World Tour singles final and scored at least one singles win against a Top 10 player every year since 2005.

  • Full name: Gaël Sébastien Monfils
  • Profession: French tennis player
  • Born: 1 September 1986 (age 33 years), Paris, France
  • Height: 1.93 m
  • Current ranking: No. 9 (2 March 2020)
  • Tour Finals: RR (2016)
  • Prize money: US$ 19,076,271: 26th all-time leader in earnings
  • Wimbledon: 4R (2018)
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About Gaël Monfils

Monfils was born 1 September 1986 in Paris, France.

He is of French-Caribbean heritage: his father, Rufin, a former football player employed as an agent for France Telecom, comes from the island of Guadeloupe.

His mother, Sylvette, comes from the nearby island of Martinique and is a nurse. He has a younger brother, Daryl, who plays tennis. Gaël and Daryl played doubles together in the 2012 Open Sud de France, losing in the first round.

Monfils considers Arthur Ashe to be his favourite player. He is fond of listening to music, particularly R&B. If he did not play tennis, he would play basketball.

He is a huge fan of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and his favourite basketball player is Carmelo Anthony.

He was coached by countryman and former ATP pro Thierry Champion (since September 2004) but they parted company in September 2006.

Nevertheless, Monfils’ fitness trainer is still Rémi Barbarin. Monfils announced a partnership with a new coach, Tarik Benhabiles, in May 2007.

However, for the 2008 season, Monfils hired Roger Rasheed as his coach. In 2011, Monfils parted ways with Rasheed and announced that his fitness coach, Patrick Chamagne would take the reins as his new full-time coach. That lasted until 2013.

As of the 2015 French Open, Monfils shares coach Jan De Witt with fellow countryman Gilles Simon. On 15 November 2012, Monfils split with his coach.

Monfils appeared in the music video for “Hello” by Martin Solveig and Dragonette.

Monfils was considered an athletics prodigy at school and won the French under-13 and under-14 100m championships.

It was only his love for tennis that stopped him going on to compete at a higher level. His coach is on record as saying that Monfils could have made the Olympic 100m final, such was his talent.

In 2019 at the Australian Open, Monfils revealed that he was in a relationship with WTA player Elina Svitolina and was seen in her players box for her matches after he was eliminated from the tournament, as he subsequently was at Wimbledon.