Frenchman Gael Monfils spoke on a virtual press conference with some of the media journalists on his Twitch channel on Monday and said he would be happy to play Roland Garros in September even if it means playing without fans.
"It will still be the real Roland-Garros even in September. I will be very happy that it takes place. Playing the tournament would be crazy. We miss our sport like all enthusiasts. It would be a great pride for our sport to be revived."
Gale Monfils says he will play with the same passion even without fans
The Frenchman continued, "As a youngster, you don't play in front of 10,000 people and you always have the same hype. I always have the same passion.
Whatever happens, there will be a lot of people who will give energy in front of the TV. Then, if there are fewer people in the stands, we will have to make a good selection (laughs): he has a good voice, we will take it, you tell the coach that you want to hear it even more.
It will change things. The best is to play in a full stadium but there, under current conditions, is to be able to play and give happiness first even if the people are not there physically. It will already be a first step. Any sportsman would take it."
Monfils says he is missing being at the tournament this week since Roland Garros is his favourite tournament.
"For me, Roland-Garros really starts in my head today. Obviously, I have a pinch in the heart. It's my favorite tournament, a time when I get together with all my family, all my friends.
It's a sacred moment in the Monfils family. It's very weird not to have it and not play right now. Do not have this famous stress, your questions: "So, do you feel good? And I say, "Look, I was a bit injured, I won two clay matches(laughs)."
Gael Monfils has reached a career-high ATP world No. 6 singles. He has reached two Grand Slam semifinals at the 2008 French Open and 2016 US Open. He has won ten ATP World Tour singles titles in his career.