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‘Thank You for everything!’ Gael Monfils shares a heartful message for wife Elina Svitolina

After winning the Adelaide International 1 tournament, Gael Monfils shares a special message for wife Elina Svitolina.

Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina

Frenchman Gael Monfils is one of the veteran on tour. He has been one of the most consistent player on tour and has reached at least a tour final every year for almost the last two decades. Monfils started the 2022 season on a very positive note by winning the Adelaide International 1 title. He dominated the tournament and won it without dropping a set.

He got the better of Juan Manuel Cerundolo and Tommy Paul in the initial rounds before beating Thanasi Kokkinakis in the semifinal. He then blasted past second seed Karen Khachanov in straight sets 6-4,6-4 to win the title. Interestingly, Monfils had a terrible 2021 season where he struggled to get past the initial rounds.

In his post match speech, Monfils spoke highly of his wife Elina Svitolina. He thanked the Ukrainian for her extensive support in Monfils’ bad times last season where he even thought of quitting. “I want to thank my wife, Elina. She is always there,” Monfils said.

“It was a really really tough last year for me. Almost- not want to quit- but I lost a bit of faith in tennis and everything and she was there, always caring. So thank you Elina, thank you for everything!” Monfils added.

Monfils top seed in Adelaide International 2

Gael Monfils

Ahead of the Australian Open, Gael Monfils will play another tune up tournament and will lead the field at the Adelaide International 2 as the top seed. He gets a first round bye and will play Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro in the Round of 16. Monfils will start the favorite and could go on to face 8th seed Marton Fucsovics in the quarterfinals. After gaining ranking points in Adelaide, Monfils will start as the 17th seed in the Australian Open.

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