Gael Monfils: Tour suspension ruined everything and broke momentum I was having

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Gael Monfils: Tour suspension ruined everything and broke momentum I was having

Former world No. 6 Gael Monfils admitted that playing behind the closed doors was extremely tough for him since he likes to put on a show for the crowd and to feed off their energy. In mid-March 2020, the ATP suspended the Tour due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Tour resumed in August but nothing was the same as fans weren't allowed to attend events. Monfils made a great start to the 2020 season as he made the Australian Open round-of-16, won back-to-back titles in Montpellier and Rotterdam, and also made the Dubai semifinal.

"I like to feel the energy of the crowd and that is why it was difficult to play in empty stadiums," Monfils said, per Punto de Break. "COVID-19 broke the momentum I was having. I couldn't handle it. I was playing my best tennis and i almost reached the best ranking position of my career, but the Tour suspension ruined everything and then I it took a year and a half to regain momentum."

Monfils and Elina Svitolina want to be successful together

Monfils and Svitolina got married a few months ago and they share the same goal -- to be top-level athletes. "We share one goal: to be top-level athletes.

We both understand the sacrifice it requires, that's why we train together and we always try to give our best," Monfils said. Monfils has had a successful career but he wants to pursue things outside of the tennis court.

"Discipline is extremely important to me. I know that I have my six or seven hours of daily training and based on that I organize my life. My parents always taught me to pursue my passion, but also to let go. People see me as a man who puts on a show, but they forget that behind I am a human being with emotions and with a family," Monfils noted.

Monfils last played at the Indian Wells Masters, where he made the round-of-16. Monfils is set to this Friday at the Tie Break Tens Dubai.