Elina Svitolina defends Gael Monfils over Davis Cup criticism

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Elina Svitolina defends Gael Monfils over Davis Cup criticism

Gael Monfils lost to Yoshihito Nishioka on Tuesday in the Davis Cup which was one of the biggest upsets of the event but the Frenchman's girlfriend Elina Svitolina believes Monfils still deserved to compete for his country.

On a fan raising the question why Monfils got named to play this tournament, Svitolina wrote: "Maybe because he is W/L 12/3 in Davis Cup matches ??!! 🤨 #top10" Roberto Bautista Agut spoke about the Davis Cup crowd: "I did not have time to watch other matches.

With Spain crowd is always packed. Matches end a bit late and it's not easy to go sleep at 3 and recover to play the following day. I think organizers will handle it better. Playing this event at home is always special."

Leon Smith added: "Even that's not ideal obviously, because as everyone knows, by the time you've done all your stuff that you need to do afterwards, you're looking at 4:00, 4:30. And even if you're on the night session of that, it's not ideal either.

Yeah, the only conversation I've had with like Gallo from Kosmos or even Jamie Delgado, Delgy, who's doing stuff for the ITF, are very open to what can get better, what can we talk about, how can we move it forwards.

It doesn't surprise me there'll be some things that will come up and you go, Maybe they need to address that for next year."