Last 16 July, Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina took the plunge and got married in Nyon. In sport, as in life, it is important to find the right balance between the court and private matters, which can indirectly affect the performance of an athlete.
From this point of view, the two seemed to have reached an excellent understanding and today they form one of the most popular and fun couples in the world of tennis. In 2021, the year of her marriage, Svitolina won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics and acquired an important continuity in the Grand Slam tournaments.
Monfils, for his part, also seems to have reversed the negative trend and in recent months he has expressed an excellent level of play. The Frenchman started the season by winning the ATP 250 tournament in Adelaide and then reached the quarter-finals at the Australian Open; game then lost against Matteo Berrettini.
In California he then beat the world number one for the second time in his career; in this case Daniil Medvedev. In a recent interview with Le Parisien, Monfils dedicated a beautiful message to Svitolina, who is going through a complicated period due to the war waged by Russia in Ukraine.
Gael Monfils: "Elina Svitolina is the reason why I still play tennis"
He said: "She is the reason I keep playing tennis. If he hadn't played Indian Wells and Miami, I would have landed. I don't understand how she manages to play right now, because real life comes first.
You have to have great mental strength and be resilient. Giving everything in difficult moments is not easy." Svitolina has decided to take a break and skip some of the most important tournaments on clay: "The last two months have been extremely difficult for me, not only mentally but also physically.
I have been struggling with various back problems for quite some time. The pain has not allowed me to prepare for the tournaments in the best possible way. At the same time, I am forced to observe with extreme pain in my heart what is happening in my homeland and how courageously our people are defending our country.
Now, my body can no longer take any strain and I need to rest. Therefore, I am sorry to announce that I will not be participating in the Fed Cup and some of my favorite tournaments in Europe. But I'm sure we'll see you around soon. Thank you all for your support in this difficult period."