Gael Monfils: "The pandemic has slowed my rise in the ATP Tour"



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Gael Monfils: "The pandemic has slowed my rise in the ATP Tour"

In this last part of the season we are witnessing the rebirth of the expert French tennis player Gael Monfils. The former number 6 of the world experienced a very difficult period between the end of last year and the beginning of this 2021 and among the reasons for this sharp decline there is certainly the pandemic and the absence of the crowd that charged so much the eclectic Frenchman.

Monfils spoke to Punto de Break microphones about everything that happened. Monfils' early 2020 was of the highest level, he reached the Round of 16 of the Australian Open, won the tournaments in Montpellier and Rotterdam and finally reached the semifinal in Dubai.

After that, the ATP suspended the Tour due to the pandemic dictated by the Coronavirus and remained stationary for a few months. The return was surreal since we returned in the summer when the climate was different and above all the stands were totally empty.

Gael Monfils talks about the complicated return to the court

The expert tennis player, companion of tennis player Elina Svitolina, spoke to the Spanish media as follows: "I really like feeling the energy of the public and this made it really difficult for me to play in the empty stadiums.

Covid-19 destroyed my rise and all the good time I was having, it was something I couldn't handle. I was playing my best tennis and I was one step away from returning to my Best Ranking, the suspension of the Tour ruined everything and it took me time, I think about a year and a half, to regain momentum."

Monfils also spoke about his relationship with Elina Svitolina, a tennis player he married a few months ago: "We share a goal, which is to be high-level athletes. We understand all the sacrifices that must be made and we train together.

Discipline is important to us, I have six or seven hours of training a day and I organize my life based on my training. My parents taught me to pursue my passion but also to let myself go. People see me as a man who makes a show, but they forget that behind there is a human being with emotions and with a family behind him."