Gael Monfils shares brutal words on Paris Olympics

The French champion talked about the Olympic tournament, which will be played in his city

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Gael Monfils shares brutal words on Paris Olympics
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Gael Monfils shared surprising thoughts about his possible participation in the Olympic tennis tournament, which will be held during the Paris Olympic Games.

The French champion revealed that, if he didn't qualify for the Olympics which are being held in his city, he wouldn't care much, during the press conference after his elimination at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters against Daniil Medvedev.

"My goal is not to qualify for the Olympics, it was a short-term goal. I said I wanted to change my goals. It's like when they asked me: Do you want to win the Roland Garros? Of course I want to, but to play a good the Roland Garros can mean winning only three or four matches and when you advance you start to hope.

The Olympics are the same thing. When I was 400th in the world I thought the Olympics would be fantastic, but difficult. There are younger players who play well. So if I don't qualify, I don't care. It will just mean I'm very close to the ranking I want to reach," he told.

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Monfils explained that a concrete goal would be to play at Wimbledon.

"I'm looking forward to playing Wimbledon, I don't have much chance of playing there in the future. The Olympics are a goal, but not the only one. My dream is to participate in the Olympics. I've played there four times and would love to be there again, but I also want to do well at Wimbledon this year. So to achieve my goal, I have to include Wimbledon," he analyzed.

Monfils on Medvedev's hate for clay-courts

Monfils is among the longest-serving players still competing at a high level. At 37 years old, the Frenchman occupies the 40th position in the ATP world ranking and at the end of last year he managed to win his 12th career title.

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Eliminated by Daniil Medvedev from the ATP Master 1000 in Monte Carlo, Monfils also talked about his opponent at the press conference.

On Medvedev's declarations of hatred towards clay, the French tennis player commented: "Well, I wish I didn't love clay like him. He won in Rome, reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. He says he doesn't like clay, but that doesn't mean he's not good on that surface. Of course, it's not his favorite, but it's still Daniil Medvedev and, regardless of the surface, it's always very difficult to play against him! "

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