In an interview to France 3 Gael Monfils commented on his career and the criticism around him about his apparent lack of effort. "When I came to the tour, I was described as a person who was not committed enough. I could have won many Grand Slams, I do not hide that if I could have won ten Grand Slams, I would have done it.
I am bothered by people who says it, I was always thought to be fit to win a Major thanks to my physical abilities and I am tired of hearing, Yeah, you could, you could have. No no. I do not hide I would have liked to hold ten French Opens, I could not and if I could have one, I would already be very happy", said Monfils, who reached the 2008 French Open and 2016 US Open semifinals.
"I do not know if it will be a good year. I have not played necessarily well before, that happens. But I have a dream, I like to say it. I have big goals, and even if I lost last week I do not care. My dream is to win a Grand Slam and, if possible, the French Open.
We have the right to dream, to have very high challenges, that's the beauty of tennis. I want to win, i do not ask myself questions on my opponents." Monfils opened his run in Paris against the Japanese Taro Daniel.