The fight between the French star Gael Monfils and the Canadian young Felix Auger-Aliassime is getting enough engagement in the tennis world. To add more fuel to the fire, the French veteran has now come up with a strong reply to the controversy around the incident that took place in a heated environment in front of a packed stadium at the Laver Cup in Vancouver.
Monfils who was criticized for taking the Laver Cup lightly pointed out in his tweet later that his ways are different and he loves to have fun on the court, but it is never at the expense of a lack of effort for him. He also stated in his long tweet that he is happy and fulfilled for his career despite some critics’ statements that the French veteran was not able to achieve anything.
Monfils took a lot of effort to clarify his part in an exchange of words with the Canadian where he said he came here for fun. But as per the tweet he has shared, he considers this opportunity as a chance to showcase his skills at this age in a fantastic tournament like the Laver Cup.
His tweet in the translated version started, “I am tired of these incessant and futile controversies. Some people seem to get excited over trifles. I am annoyed by those who make hasty judgments.”
The French star completed the lengthy message by expressing gratitude. “I know, some will say that I have accomplished nothing, that I am a clown… But the truth is that I am happy and fulfilled. I want to say that the Laver Cup is a fantastic event, and I plan to make the most of the end of my weekend. Let’s go Team Europe, let’s catch up Team World,” he wrote.
No top-5 players are scheduled to play in the Laver Cup for the first time
For the first time since the tournament started, no top-5 players are playing in any of the teams. This has immensely reduced the crowd attraction in this tournament. That too when compared to the hype the tournament had last year with the Swiss legend Roger Federer‘s retirement and the beautiful moments shared by the Big 4, including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray.
25-year-old Andrey Rublev is the top seed of the tournament this year and it will be interesting to see how the Russian can pioneer his team in a tournament where his team lost last year for the first time, despite having all the star players with them.
Vipul Payattuparambil hails from Thiruvilwamala(Thrissur), Kerala(India). Besides being a Software Engineer by profession, he works at Firstsportz as a Tennis Writer. Sports are a part of his family culture, so he enjoys tennis, football, and cricket as much as his father. Rafael Nadal has been his role model since 2005, and he was fortunate enough to meet his idol once in Mallorca. Engaging in sports debates and reading sports journals are some of his favorite pastimes. As he sees it, sports should eventually unite people, like a handshake after a match between rivals.
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