Gael Monfils rolls out an emotional message as he poses with his wife Elina Svitolina after winning his 12th career title at Stockholm

Monfils overcame a tough 3-set battle against his opponent, Pavel Kotov, in the finals.


Gael Monfils rolls out an emotional message as he poses with his wife Elina Svitolina after winning his 12th career title at Stockholm

Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina (Via News18)

Frenchman Gael Monfils recently defeated Pavel Kotov in the finals of the 2023 Stockholm Open to win the 12th title of his career. Monfils was delighted with this win and expressed his happiness on his social media handle later as well.

Gael Monfils penned down an emotional message on his X handle after winning the Swedish event. Dedicating his first victory as a father to his wife, Elina Svitolina, and family, Monfils stated:

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This title is all the more special because it’s the first one I’ve won as a father. Having my wife, my mother, and my little girl by my side makes this victory even more beautiful.

Gael Monfils is an entertaining man on and off the court as well. He always manages to entertain the crowd. Talking about his 12th title, he further added:

What an incredible coincidence! 12 years after winning the Stockholm tournament for the first time, I find myself once again on the top step of the podium. 12 years, 12 titles… it seems that the number 12 is my lucky number(team 15 forever).

Monfils overcame a tough 3-set battle against his opponent, Pavel Kotov, in the finals. Despite facing a tough challenge from the Russian, the 37-year-old emerged victorious in 2 hours and 37 minutes.

Gael Monfils poses with wife Elina Svitolina as their daughter witnesses his maiden win since her birth

Perhaps one of the cutest couples in the tennis world, Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina are quite vocal about their feelings for each other and have always supported one another at various stages of their lives. Their first daughter, Skai, witnessed her father winning an event for the first time since her birth.

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Elina Svitolina and Gael Monfils
Elina Svitolina and Gael Monfils (Via Tennis Tonic)

Dedicating this victory to his family, Gael Monfils also thanked his team for their contribution in this victory. He wrote:

A huge thank you to my team, Mikael my coach, and Blaz my physio, for their unwavering support. Onward to more victories together!

With this win Monfils became the oldest champion in the history of the BNP Paribas Nordic Open. This is Frenchman’s second title win at Stockholm, having won the ATP 250 event in 2011.

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