“I dont regret anything. I am proud to try a challenge even if I do not excee!”
Gaël Sébastien Monfils is full name, nicknamed "La Monf" and "Sliderman", due to his extraordinary sliding technique, specially on clay.
Inspired by Arthur Ashe.
Would play basketball, if he didn’t play tennis.
Fervent fan of NBA’s Detroit Pistons.
Considers Carmelo Anthony his favorite player.
Gael Monfils is a cool break-dancer. Enjoys dancing while celebrating victories.
Appeared in "Hello" video by Martin Solveig and Dragonette.
French No. 1 tennis player.
Named 2005 ATP Newcomer of the Year by his fellow players.
Has quick “defense to offense” tennis ability.
In 2004 ranked world No. 1 in juniors, compiling a singles win/loss record of 83–22. The same year he was crowned ITF youth world champion winning the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon titles in Boys' Singles.
Uses slides to retrieve balls.
Enjoys different music, particularly R&B.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Paterne Mamata, Josselin Ouanna, Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon are his best friends.
Love for tennis stopped him going on to compete at a higher level in athletics, although he was extremely talented (won the French under-13 and under-14 100m championships).
Gael Monfils' Family
A son of father, Rufin (from island of Guadeloupe), works as the France Telecom agent and is a football player in the past; and mother, Sylvette (from island of Martinique ), works as a nurse.
Younger brother, Daryl, also plays tennis. They had doubles at the Open Sud de France in 2012.
Personal Team & Coaching
Since 2004 (parted in 2006) worked with Thierry Champion, his countryman and former ATP pro.
Coached by Roger Rasheed for the 2008 season and in 2011 named Patrick Chamagne (fitness coach) his new full-time coach. They worked until 2013.
In 2015 Gilles Simon and Monfils had joint coach Jan De Witt and Monfils's fitness trainer is still Rémi Barbarin.