French tennis star Gael Monfils was devastated after the death of Virgil Abloh. On Sunday, Abloh passed away after battling cancer. Abloh was a designer and entrepreneur, who was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection from 2018.
Abloh was also the CEO of the Off-White label. Monfils had a chance to talk with Abloh and he said he will be forever grateful for their connection. "I’m so devastated by the news and still can’t believe it," Monfils admitted in a Twitter post.
"I had the privilege to talk with you during those years and you were a true inspiration for me. Only few months ago you gave us the honor to design Elina wedding dress. I’m forever grateful for our connection."
Monfils' season ended on an unfortunate way
Monfils made the Paris Masters round-of-16 before he was forced to give a walkover to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. "I’m frustrated, because once again, I love playing against the top players, and it's always a good experience to play against Novak to see at what level you are,” Monfils said, per TENNIS magazine.
"Honestly, I lost 17 times against him. I had nothing to lose, so I had everything to win. "Yesterday the ultrasound was not great. This morning we did another ultrasound, it was not fantastic either... horrible frustration, because all of my family, my relatives are here.
"It would have been fantastic, but I hope I will have the possibility to play him again and to bother him or even beat him." Monfils had a rough start to the season but played much better towards the end of the year as he ended runner-up in Sofia and made the Metz semifinal.
"I’m feeling well. I feel that my game goes in the right direction," Monfils said. "I’m very happy I was able to bounce back in the second part of the season. Now I have a lot of work to do both physically in terms of tennis and also mentally to be able to be ready for the next season."