With no French singles players left at Roland Garros, the wife of Gael Monfils has been adopted by the home crowd – and fans around the world. “I feel really, really thankful for that, and it gives me a motivation to work hard, to be there all the time at my best,” she said. “Definitely the support is a huge motivator and a huge thing that keeps you motivated.”
Asked if events in Ukraine are motivating her, Monfils told L’Equipe: “It is something that is difficult to explain because I live it, I support her. To see all that she has done off the court and what she manages to do, it is crazy.
“It is difficult for people to understand but she is in something really heavy. It is in situations like that that you learn even more about your wife. I see someone standing up for their country. Hats off to her.” Svitolina has reached the last eight here three times – in 2015, 2017 and 2020 – without reaching the semi-finals.
“I am super happy for her,” said Monfils. “I have seen the road she has taken to get back to the top. When she told me she was pregnant, I think she was in the top ten. It is her first Grand Slam since and to get to this level, it is monstrous. And we hope it is not over yet and she will do better than her best result here.”