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Gael Monfils

“I dont regret anything. I am proud to try a challenge even if I do not excee!”

Gael Monfils: Rules of Life(31 y.o.)
Gael Monfils

Personal Facts


  • 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.
Gael Monfils personal facts
  • 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

Gael Monfils family facts
  • 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.

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