Gael Monfils reveals the biggest regret of his career

The French tennis player shared what caused him the most problems

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Gael Monfils reveals the biggest regret of his career
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One of the players who had to deal with the Big 3 during his career was Gael Monfils. The Frenchman did not realize his dream of winning a Slam, but he always had the merit of entertaining the crowds with his incredible shots and performances.

Monfils' great regret is not so much the fact of having shared the same era as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, collecting less than he could, but the number of injuries and the months spent away from the tennis courts.

"I've been super lucky in my career. It would be hard to say I have any regrets, but maybe I could have enjoyed it even more. It's just crazy, to be honest, to keep playing. I have nothing to prove," Monfils said in a statement.

interview given to the British newspaper The Independent. The Frenchman's goal is to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. "I always say that Paris is magical and, obviously, it's a special place. If I manage to qualify for the Olympics it would be fantastic, for the rest we'll see what happens," he explained.

Monfils and the Big 3

Possessing immense talent in the Big 3 era was often not enough. There are numerous tennis players who have failed to win one of the most important tournaments on the circuit because they were constantly forced to compete with three legends such as Federer, Djokovic and Nadal.

The Swiss retired last year due to ongoing knee problems and thrilled all tennis fans at the Laver Cup. The Serbian, once again this year, imposed his dominance by winning three Grand Slam tournaments and signing the record of successes at the ATP Finals.

Nadal, however, will return to the court in Australia after being injured in Melbourne. We recall, for the first time since months, the best tennis players on the planet will compete all together at the Australian Open. In fact, behind Rafael Nadal's come back, there will be the return of Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber and Nick Kyrgios.

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