Elina Svitolina, who is playing in these days at the Roland Garros 2023, talked about the possibility that her daughter, Skaï Monfils, could play tennis, right on the Parisian clay-courts of the French Open. The Ukrainian tennis player, married to the Frenchman Gael Monfils, beat Martina Trevisan 6-2, 6-2, in the first round in the Bois de Boulogne.
The tennis player revealed at a press conference: "Our little girl is half French and half Ukrainian, so now we are like a French-Ukrainian family. Maybe one day you will see her here at the Roland Garros playing tennis. It will be fun for her.
It's really special to come back and play again at such a high level as Roland Garros." Returning to talk about the Parisian Slam, Elina explaoined: "It's extremely special for me to get my first Grand Slam victory here at the Roland Garros.
I always have an incredible memory of playing here in front of fantastic people and great fans. I'm really happy how I played today and, yes, I can't wait for the next one." Elina Svitolina will face Australian Storm Hunter in the second round of the tournament.
Elina on Russian and Belarusian tennis players
Regarding the situation with Russian and Belarusian tennis players, she said a few weeks ago: "Sport should be left out of politics but unfortunately that is not the case, especially in countries like Russia and Belarus where it is used as propaganda.
The decision by ATP and WTA not to suspend these players is incomprehensible to us Ukrainians. In the end I had to give in, it's sad. I have no relationship whatsoever with Russian and Belarusian tennis players." She also said: "I want to give myself another chance, even if I don't have high expectations of results.
The important thing is to feel good and play better and better. I have to find my rhythm, readapt to the circuit and whatever is required. It is a complicated process that I want to tackle with commitment. I would like to spend all my time with Skai and share every moment with her, but I've decided to go back to competition and focus on tennis.
I don't know how many more seasons I will play, but there are some goals I would like to achieve before I retire. For the near future, I have clear plans for the long term."ù Photo Credits: WTA website
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