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La Monf

Gaël Monfils

37 age
10 UTS rank

Player description

Date of birth: September 1, 1986

Place of birth: Paris, France

Nationality: French

Plays: Right-handed

Height: 6ft 4in (1.93m)

ATP Tour titles: 12

Career-high ranking: 6

Best Grand Slam performance: Roland-Garros SF 2008, US Open SF 2016; Australian Open QF 2016, 2022

UTS appearances: Los Angeles 2023, Frankfurt 2023, London Grand Final 2023, Oslo 2024

Style and personality

One of France’s golden generation, Gael Monfils is making his way back from injury and from a break after the birth of his first child, with wife and fellow pro Elina Svitolina. Perhaps the most talented of the French players, Monfils covers the court like no one else, especially on a clay court, where he seems to be able to span the baseline with just one big slide. A big server and fabulous athlete, he could surely have played almost any sport, but thankfully he chose tennis, where he has thrilled crowds around the world for the best part of two decades with his brilliant tennis and effortless charisma.


As a junior, Monfils was untouchable. In 2004, he won the first three Grand Slam junior titles and only missed out on achieving the calendar-year junior Grand Slam when, carrying an injury, he lost in the third round of the US Open and proceeded to smashed his racquets in frustration. A born entertainer, Monfils soon won his first title in 2005, in Sopot, but it took him four more years to win his second, having struggled with serious knee injuries. He reached the semi-finals at Roland-Garros in 2008, losing to Roger Federer and despite occasional brilliance in the intervening years, more often than not on home soil, it took him another eight years to reach another slam semi-final, at the US Open in 2016, where Novak Djokovic blocked his path. Even at 37 and despite all his injuries, he remains a brilliant shot-maker and a true entertainer.

UTS History

UTS Los Angeles 2023 : Semi-finalist

UTS Frankfurt 2023 : Eliminated in Round Robin (4th) with 3 Losses

UTS London Grand Final 2023: Eliminated in Round Robin (3rd) with 1 Win and 2 Losses

UTS Oslo 2024: Disqualified (1 Loss)