Monfils in 2015
2 September 1986 |
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||373–210 (63.98% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 7 (4 July 2011)|
|Current ranking||No. 12 (22 August 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2016)|
|French Open||SF (2008)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2015)|
|US Open||QF (2010, 2014)|
|Olympic Games||QF (2008, 2016)|
|Highest ranking||No. 155 (8 August 2011)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2006)|
|French Open||2R (2007)|
|US Open||1R (2005)|
|Last updated on: 25 July 2016.|
Gaël Sébastien Monfils (French pronunciation: [ɡaɛl mɔ̃ˈfis]; born 1 September 1986) is a French professional tennis player. Monfils is a former French No. 1, reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 7 and winning 6 singles titles. He was the runner-up at the Paris Masters in 2009 and 2010 and the runner-up in the 2016 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and a semifinalist at the 2008 French Open.
- 1 Tennis career
- 1.1 Juniors
- 1.2 2002
- 1.3 2003
- 1.4 2004
- 1.5 2005: First ATP title
- 1.6 2006
- 1.7 2007
- 1.8 2008:French Open semifinal
- 1.9 2009: Second ATP title
- 1.10 2010: Third ATP title
- 1.11 2011: Career high ranking
- 1.12 2012
- 1.13 2013
- 1.14 2014: Fifth ATP title
- 1.15 2015: Another frustrating year
- 1.16 2016: First Australian Open singles quarter-final, third Masters 1000 singles final, viral infection and sixth ATP World Tour singles title
- 2 Playing style and equipment
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Significant finals
- 5 ATP career finals
- 6 Singles performance timeline
- 7 Record against top 10 players
- 8 References
- 9 External links
As a junior Monfils compiled a singles win/loss record of 83–22, reaching the No. 1 junior combined world ranking in February 2004. In 2004 he won the Boys' Singles titles at the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. He was crowned International Tennis Federation youth world champion.
In 2002, Monfils finished 24th at the Dutch Junior Open. In the same year, he won the German Junior Open (defeating Bayer). Monfils ended the year ranked the no. 4 junior in the world. He also represented France in the junior Davis Cup.
Monfils got off to a positive start in 2003 and earned his first career ATP point at the France Futures No. 13 by reaching the second round. He also reached the second round at France No. 14, Egypt No. 2, and Spain No. 28. In that year, he played a total of nine Futures events. This included a showing in the doubles final at Spain No. 27. In junior events, he was a semifinalist at Orange Bowl (losing to Marcos Baghdatis) and USTA International Winter Championships (losing to Sebastian Rieschick). He reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open juniors tournament (losing to Florin Mergea) and won the doubles title at the Victorian Junior Championships (with Josselin Ouanna). He was No. 21 in junior rankings at the end of the year.
In 2004, the French teenager finished as the world's no. 1 junior, winning three of four junior Grand Slam events (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon). He improved his ATP Entry Ranking by over 700 positions. In October, he made his ATP debut as a wildcard entrant at the Moselle Open in Metz and, after winning his first ATP match against Xavier Malisse, reached the quarterfinals in which he lost to countryman Richard Gasquet. He qualified for the Paris Masters and reached the second round, beating former top-10 player Thomas Enqvist before falling to World No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt. He won junior titles at the Australian Open (defeating Ouanna), French Open (defeating Kuznetsov), and Wimbledon (defeating Kasiri). He did not drop a set in Australia and lost one set each at the French Open and Wimbledon. He reached the third round at the US Open (losing to Troicki). He also won the LTA International Junior Championship in Roehampton (defeating Murray). He was the runner-up at the Australian Hardcourt Junior Championships (losing to Zverev) and was 31–2 in junior events. In April, he reached his first career Futures final at Italy No. 4 (losing to Dlouhy). A week later, he won his first Futures title at Great Britain No. 1 (defeating Bogdanović). He reached the quarterfinals of the Grenoble Challenger. He went 14–6 in Futures and 3–5 in Challengers in 2004.
In doubles, Monfils reached the final at France No. 7 (with Ouanna). He reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and the quarterfinals at the French Open (with Ouanna).
2005: First ATP title
In 2005, the young Frenchman made one of the biggest moves in the top 50 from the previous season, climbing 200 ranking spots. He finished the year as the no. 3 Frenchman (behind no. 16 Richard Gasquet, no. 26 Sébastien Grosjean) and captured his first ATP title, while reaching two additional finals. In the first six months, he won Challenger titles in Besançon, defeating Christophe Rochus, and Tunis (defeating Santoro), and also reached the fourth round at the Miami Masters (losing to Hrbaty) and a Grand Slam best third round appearance at Wimbledon (losing to Mario Ančić). He compiled a 10–14 record in ATP level play and 12–1 in Challengers through July.
In the last three months, he went 15–8, highlighted by his first ATP clay title at the Idea Prokom Open in Sopot defeating Florian Mayer in the final. Then he struggled with a 2–5 mark before reaching the final in two of the last three indoor tournaments of the season, both in his native country in Metz (losing to Ljubičić) and Lyon (losing to Roddick). He went 11–4 in tie-breaks and 1–2 vs. top-10 opponents, defeating no. 10 Gastón Gaudio in his first match of the season in Doha. He compiled records of 12–10 on hard courts, 6–7 on clay, 5–2 on carpet, and 2–3 on grass.
In his first tournament of 2006, in Doha, he reached the final, but lost 3–6, 6–7 to world no. 1 Roger Federer. In a surprising event in Las Vegas, there was a tennis paddle tournament held by the Tennis Channel. Monfils was given a wildcard into the doubles event, but became more interested and inquired about getting a singles wildcard into the main draw. However, he received an entry into the qualifying singles (which he won). Monfils competed in the main draw of this Paddle tennis tournament and surprised everyone when he ousted world no. 1 paddle tennis player Scott Freedman and eventually went on to win the whole tournament.
In May Monfils reached the semifinals of the Rome Masters, before losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets. En route to the semifinals, Monfils defeated former world no. 1 Andy Roddick. He then entered the Hamburg Masters event, where he lost in straight sets to fellow teenager Andy Murray in the first round. After that, he faced Murray once more, this time in the first round of the French Open. After a tough five–set battle, Monfils emerged victorious. Monfils then proceeded to play the Belgian Dick Norman in the second round. Once again, the match went to five sets, and Monfils got the better of his opponent. He then faced his toughest opponent yet, the American James Blake. Blake was the favourite for the win, as the eighth seed, while Monfils was seeded 25. However, Monfils defeated Blake in another five-set match. Monfils described this run as a marathon. Blake said of Monfils that 'he was the fastest man on the tour'. The fourth round was Monfils' last, as he lost to Novak Djoković in straight sets. Monfils said after the match: 'I am disappointed that I didn't take the opportunity, but you can expect me to return next year'.
As a result of his progress at the French Open, Monfils moved up five positions to reach a career high of no. 23. This also made him the no. 1 player in France, two positions ahead of Sébastien Grosjean. Monfils then entered the Stella Artois Championships, where he won his first-round match against Jürgen Melzer. He then played the American Bobby Reynolds and won in straight sets. His third-round encounter with Ivan Ljubičić was the third time he faced the world no. 4. Monfils triumphed in straight sets. His quarterfinal draw was with James Blake, whom he had met earlier at the French Open. This time Blake succeeded. After having lost a set, Monfils retired as a result of a back injury. This injury effectively ruled him out of the Nottingham championships the following week.
At the Australian Open, Monfils lost to his compatriot Richard Gasquet in the third round, 0–6, 6–4, 5–7, 3–6. Monfils had a good run in Poertschach as a warm-up for the French Open. He lost in the final against Juan Mónaco of Argentina in the fourth final of Montfils' career, 6–7, 0–6. He lost in the third round of the French Open to David Nalbandian in a four-set match. At Wimbledon, Monfils reached the third round without dropping a set, where he lost to Nikolay Davydenko, the sixth seed, in straight sets, 3–6, 5–7, 3–6. In July Monfils made it to the semifinals of the 2007 Legg Mason Tennis Classic, before losing to American John Isner in a 7–6, 6–7, 6–7 match. Monfils withdrew from the 2007 US Open with a hamstring injury. He also was forced to withdraw from the 2008 Australian Open due to the same injury.
2008:French Open semifinal
In the French Open, Monfils reached a semifinal berth for the first time in any Grand Slam, becoming the first Frenchman in the semifinals since 2001. Monfils was defeated by top seed Roger Federer, 2–6, 7–5, 3–6, 5–7. A shoulder injury forced Monfils to withdraw from the Wimbledon shortly before he was due to play his first-round match. Monfils was selected to play in the Olympics in Beijing by France, losing to third seed Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, 6–4, 1–6, 4–6. At the US Open, Monfils lost in the fourth round to Mardy Fish in straight sets, after having defeated former world no. 3 David Nalbandian again in straight sets, 6–4, 6–3, 6–2. In the Thailand Open, Monfils reached the semifinals, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 0–6, 3–6. Monfils lost in the final of the BA-CA Tennis Trophy, 4–6, 4–6, to Philipp Petzschner in the final.
2009: Second ATP title
Monfils played in Doha as his first tournament and caused an upset in the quarterfinals against Nadal, 6–4, 6–4. Monfils lost to finalist Andy Roddick in three sets, 6–7, 6–3, 3–6, being up a break in the first set 5–4 and losing it. In the Australian Open, Monfils lost to fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon in the fourth round, 4–6, 6–2, 1–6, retiring due to a wrist injury. At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Monfils lost in the final to Nicolás Almagro, 4–6, 4–6. Monfils competed at the Monte Carlo Masters, losing in the first round to Janko Tipsarević with the score, 3–6, 1–6.
His recent knee injury, caused by Osgood-Schlatter disease, resulted in his withdrawal from the Rome and the Madrid Masters. However, he competed at the Roland Garros, and won his first-round match against Bobby Reynolds, 6–2, 6–3, 6–1. He then completed another straight-set victory in the second round by overcoming Victor Crivoi, 6–4, 6–3, 6–3. In the third round, Monfils beat Jürgen Melzer, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1. Against Melzer, Monfils made one of the most spectacular plays[according to whom?] of the tournament, hitting a diving shot back to Melzer, sliding to save another point of Melzer and then putting the point away. He then played a much-anticipated fourth-round match against Andy Roddick, who made 28 unforced errors and allowing Monfils to win in straight sets, 6–4, 6–2, 6–3. Monfils lost, as in the previous year, to Roger Federer, this time in the quarterfinals.
Monfils withdrew from the Wimbledon Championships due to a wrist injury. Monfils returned to competition at the Montreal Masters. In his first-round match, he defeated Marat Safin, 6–2, 3–6, 6–2. He lost to qualifier Juan Carlos Ferrero in his second match, 3–6, 6–7, ending his Master Series campaign. In the US Open, he lost to world no. 3 Rafael Nadal in the fourth round in four sets. Monfils won the Open de Moselle held in Metz, France as the top seed. He faced Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final and won, 7–6, 3–6, 6–2. Monfils made the quarterfinals at the Malaysian Open held in Kuala Lumpur, despite suffering from jetlag, losing 3–6, 3–6 to Nikolay Davydenko.
At the Japan Open, Monfils reached the semifinal stage, losing to eventual champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. His next tournament was the Shanghai Masters, losing against Ivan Ljubičić in the third round. He lost the first set 2–6, and then was forced to retire with a back injury, when Ljubicic was leading the second set 3–0. At the Paris Masters, Monfils was defeated the final by Novak Djokovic, 2–6, 7–5, 6–7.
2010: Third ATP title
Monfils began his season at the Brisbane International, where he was seeded third. He lost to defending champion, Czech Radek Štěpánek, 2–6, 1–6, in the semifinals. He withdrew from the Medibank International in Sydney, Australia, citing a shoulder injury. At the Australian Open, Monfils lost in the round of 32 to John Isner in four sets, 1–6, 6–4, 6–7, 6–7. Monfils was the first seed at the SA Tennis Open, where he lost in the semifinals to Feliciano López, 6–3, 1–6, 6–7. He then played in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, where he fell in the quarterfinals to the eventual runner-up, Russian Mikhail Youzhny, 7–5, 2–6, 3–6. Monfils was the third seed at the 2010 Open 13 in Marseille, France where, in the quarterfinals, he lost to Julien Benneteau in straight sets.
At the BNP Paribas Open, seeded 12th, after receiving a bye in the first round, Monfils lost to Simon Greul in three sets. Monfils withdrew from three consecutive Masters 1000 events, the Sony Ericsson Open, the Monte-Carlo Masters, and the Rome Masters. He was set to return at the Estoril Open and receive a wildcard, but withdrew due to a stomach injury. He finally made his return at the Madrid Open and reach the quarterfinals without losing a set, but there he lost 1–6, 3–6, to the third seed Rafael Nadal. He then played at the Open de Nice Côte d'Azur in Nice, France, where he lost in the quarterfinals to Potito Starace 6–7, 2–6. His next tournament was the 2010 French Open, where he had reached the quarterfinals the year before. He was up two sets and a break, before being upset by Fabio Fognini 6–2, 6–4, 5–7, 4–6, 7–9, in a match over two days.
Starting his grass-court season, Monfils lost in the second round at the Aegon Championships to Rainer Schüttler in three sets 3–6, 7–6, 2–6. Playing at Wimbledon for the first time since 2007, he won his first match in straight sets against Leonardo Mayer 6–1, 7–6, 6–2, and his second round match in four sets against Karol Beck 6–4, 6–4, 6–7, 6–4. He eventually lost to grass-court specialist and former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets 3–6, 6–7, 4–6. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam in which Monfils has yet to pass the third round. At the MercedesCup, he reached his first final of the year by beating Daniel Gimeno-Traver in three sets 6–4, 4–6, 6–0. He was forced to retire in the final against Albert Montañés.
At the US Open, he lost to Novak Djokovic 6–7, 1–6, 2–6, in the quarterfinals. It was his first quarterfinals at a major besides the French Open. He is also the first Frenchman to make the US Open quarterfinals since Arnaud Clément in 2000. Monfils was runner-up at the Rakuten Japan Open, losing to Rafael Nadal 1–6, 5–7. At the Open de Sud, Monfils won his third tournament, defeating Ivan Ljubičić 6–2, 5–7, 6–1. Monfils was seeded 12th in the BNP Paribas Masters, where he lost to Robin Söderling 1–6, 6–7, in the final.
2011: Career high ranking
Monfils started 2011 with the AAMI Kooyong Classic, where, in the final, he lost to Australian former world no. 1 Lleyton Hewitt 5–7, 2–6. Monfils was seeded 12th in the 2011 Australian Open, where he was defeated in the third round by Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6–7, 2–6, 3–6. Next, Monfils played the SAP Open. He was able to reach the semifinals, before he had to withdraw with a left wrist injury that had been affecting him since January.
In the French Open, Monfils defeated seventh seed David Ferrer 6–4, 2–6, 7–5, 1–6, 8–6, to reach the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, he lost to Roger Federer 4–6, 3–6, 6–7. Monfils entered Wimbledon as the ninth seed. In the first round, he defeated Matthias Bachinger of Germany, 6–4, 7–6, 6–3. In the second round, he defeated Grega Žemlja 4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 7–6. Monfils was defeated in the third round by Łukasz Kubot of Poland 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 3–6.
At the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C., he reached the finals with victories over Ryan Sweeting, Dmitry Tursunov, Janko Tipsarević, and John Isner. He lost to Radek Štěpánek in the final 4–6, 4–6. He reached the quarterfinals of both the Rogers Cup and the Cincinnati Masters, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. At the US Open, he lost in the second round to Juan Carlos Ferrero after a hard-fought match 6–7, 7–5, 7–6, 4–6, 4–6. Monfils then won his fourth ATP career title in October at the Stockholm Open by beating Jarkko Nieminen in the final. It was Nieminen's 11th ATP-level career final, and Monfils' 15th.
Monfils began 2012 reaching the final of the Qatar Open. On his way to the final, he beat Rui Machado, 7–5, 6–3, Benjamin Becker, 7–5, 4–6, 7–5, Viktor Troicki, 6–2, 6–3, and Rafael Nadal in straight sets, 6–3, 6–4. In the final, Monfils faced Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who had received a walkover after Roger Federer withdrew from the tournament due to a back problem. Monfils proceeded to lose the final, 5–7, 3–6. At the 2012 Australian Open, Monfils progressed to the third round before bowing out to Mikhail Kukushkin in five sets. Monfils was suffering from a back injury he received in the previous round. In his next tournament at Montpellier. Monfils reached the final, losing to Tomáš Berdych in three sets. This brought his finals record to just 4 titles out of 17 finals.
He reached the third round in Madrid, again losing to Berdych. He did not play on tour after Nice from May to September due to a knee injury. The comeback came in September in Metz, where he reached the quarterfinals, but lost to Andreas Seppi in three sets. After 2 more tournaments, Monfils withdrew from the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in October citing pain in his right knee and ended his season early.
Monfils attempted another comeback with the beginning of the 2013 season in Doha, reaching the quarterfinals before falling to Daniel Brands. He reached the seminfinals in Auckland, being eliminated by David Ferrer. He made it to the third round of the 2013 Australian Open, but was defeated there by compatriot Gilles Simon.
He then played in Montpellier, where he was defeated in the second round by Richard Gasquet. He received a wild card into Rotterdam, but was defeated in the first round by Juan Martín del Potro. He received a wild card for the French Open after a good clay season with a win at the Bordeaux Challenger and a final at the Nice ATP tournament, he upset Berdych in the first round of the French Open, who was seeded fifth. He continued his quest by defeating Gulbis in round two. In the third round he faced Tommy Robredo. Monfils won the first 2 sets, but lost the last 3. During the match, Monfils had 4 match points, but didn't win any of these. The match ended 6–2, 7–6, 2–6, 6–7, 2–6. Monfils reached the finals in Winston-Salem, but bowed out to Austria's Jurgen Melzer in the second set due to an unspecified injury, securing the championship for Melzer. Just three days later, on 27 August, Monfils defeated 105th-ranked Adrian Unger of Romania in the first round of the US Open but lost to John Isner in the second round.
At the Shanghai Masters in October, Monfils upset fifth seed Roger Federer in the third round before losing to world number two, defending and eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.
2014: Fifth ATP title
Monfils won Montpelier, defeating Richard Gasquet. He hurt his wrist in a match against Dimitrov and retired until the French Open, where he has made it to the quarterfinal before losing to Andy Murray.
At the US Open, Monfils reached the quarter-finals for a second time, and just narrowly missed reaching his second Grand Slam semi-final when he lost to Roger Federer in five sets despite leading by two sets to love and holding two match points against his serve in the fourth set.
At the Davis Cup final in Lille, he beat Roger Federer in straight sets in the 2nd match, however France went on to become the tournament runners-up, losing 3-1 to Switzerland.
2015: Another frustrating year
Monfils played his first tournament at the Australian Open. He defeated his countryman Lucas Pouille in 5 sets 6(3)-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 in first round but lost against Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 1-6, 6(3)-7, 6-3, 6-3.
In the French Grand Slam Roland-Garros, he defeated Édouard Roger-Vasselin in the first round and Diego Schwartzman in the second round after 5 sets but his best performance remains the third round match against Pablo Cuevas. As Cuevas lead two sets to one and was serving at 4-1 in the fourth set, he faced a different Monfils, galvanized by the crowd, and lost to the Monf in the fifth. Monfils lost in the round of sixteen to Roger Federer in four sets.
The grass season started well as he reached the semi-finals of the Mercedes Cup in Suttgart, losing only to Rafael Nadal. Unfortunately he injured himself in the quarter finals of Halle and could not finish his match against Andreas Seppi. He will however be able to participate in Wimbledon winning Pablo Carreño-Busta 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 and Adrian Mannarino 7-6, 6-3, 7-5 but lost again to Gilles Simon in the third round 6-3, 3-6, 6-7, 6-2, 2-6.
The following months in America will result in poor performances due to injuries and lack of certitudes in his gameplay. He also announced the end of his collaboration with his coach Jan de Witt, later replaced by Tillstrom. It is without surprise that he retired in the middle of his first match (6-2, 4-6, 0-5) of the US Open against Illya Marchenko.
His last tournament of the year was the BNP Paribas Masters. In the first round he lost against his fellow Benoit Paire after leading 6-2, 4-0. He said after the match he got disturbed when the crowd started to whistle at his opponent. From his own words, Monfils defined 2015 as a "year of regrets" where he "regressed, wasted a year because of certain choices".
Seeded 23rd at the 2016 Australian Open, Monfils took advantage of a draw which opened up in his section to reach the singles quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the first time. There, he lost to the no. 13 seed Milos Raonic in four sets. His good form continued going into the Rotterdam Open, where he defeated Ernests Gulbis, Borna Ćorić, Alexander Zverev and Philipp Kohlschreiber before losing to Martin Kližan in three sets. In March, Monfils reached the singles quarterfinals of two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments - Indian Wells and Miami. Monfils reached a third career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 singles final in Monte Carlo, defeating countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 6-3 in the semi-finals, before losing in the final to the eight-time Monte Carlo Masters champion Rafael Nadal in three sets. After a very good week in Monte Carlo, Monfils was looking to replicate this form at two clay-court ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Rome and Madrid. However, he lost in the first round in Rome to Thomaz Bellucci and in the second round in Madrid to Pablo Cuevas.
On 19 July, Richard Gasquet withdrew from the 2016 Olympics tennis tournament because of his back injury. Gasquet would be replaced by Monfils in the men's doubles draw, who would pair up with Jo Wilfried Tsonga.
Monfils earned his first ever ATP World Tour 500 Series singles title in July, defeating hard-serving Ivo Karlović in the final in three sets on the hard courts of the Washington Open in Washington, D.C.. The win was Monfils's first ATP World Tour singles title in over two years. The following week, Monfils reached the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup after dispatching 2016 Wimbledon singles finalist Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals, to set up a tie against Novak Djokovic, to whom he lost in straight sets.
Playing style and equipment
Monfils is usually described as a baseliner who uses placement and consistency to beat his opponents. Monfils is well known for his athleticism and his court coverage, regularly using slides to retrieve balls. His ability to go from defense to offense quickly can take his opponents by surprise. Monfils occasionally demonstrates that he is capable of generating significant pace on his groundstrokes. He has a reputation for showmanship and high-risk shotmaking. During his own service games, he tends to go for an ace or a one-two combination to finish off the points early. He is also known for dancing to celebrate victories. He uses a semi-western grip forehand and a combination of continental/semi-western on his backhand. Monfils possesses a strong serve capable of reaching over 140 mph but his main focus is consistency and placement rather than power. Monfils was sponsored by Nike for clothes and shoes but changed to K-Swiss in 2010. In 2013 he switched to Asics for clothes and shoes. Monfils was sponsored by Head for racquets but changed to Prince in 2009 and Wilson in 2012. His current string of choice is the Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 16L String.   On 15 November 2012, Monfils split with his coach.
Gaël is nicknamed "La Monf", or occasionally "Sliderman" due to his unusual sliding technique, especially on clay surfaces. He is of French Caribbean heritage: his father, Rufin, a former football player employed as an agent for France Telecom, comes from the island of Guadeloupe. His mother, Sylvette, comes from the nearby island of Martinique and is a nurse. He has a younger brother, Daryl, who plays tennis. Gaël and Daryl played doubles together in the 2012 Open Sud de France, losing in the first round.
Monfils considers Arthur Ashe to be his favorite player. He is fond of listening to music, particularly R&B. If he did not play tennis, he would play basketball. He is a huge fan of the NBA's Denver Nuggets and his favorite basketball player is Carmelo Anthony. His best friends are countrymen and former juniors Josselin Ouanna and Paterne Mamata and fellow pros Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
He was coached by countryman and former ATP pro Thierry Champion (since September 2004) but they parted company in September 2006. Nevertheless, Monfils's fitness trainer is still Rémi Barbarin. Monfils announced a partnership with a new coach, Tarik Benhabiles, in May 2007. However, for the 2008 season, Monfils hired Roger Rasheed as his coach. In 2011, Monfils parted ways with Rasheed and announced that his fitness coach, Patrick Chamagne would take the reins as his new full-time coach. As of the 2015 French Open, Monfils shares coach Jan De Witt with fellow countryman Gilles Simon.
Monfils was considered an athletics prodigy at school and won the French under-13 and under-14 100m championships. It was only his love for tennis that stopped him going on to compete at a higher level. His coach is on record as saying that Monfils could have made the Olympic 100m final such was his talent.
Masters 1000 finals
Singles: 3 (0-3)
|Runner-up||2009||Paris||Hard (i)||Novak Djokovic||2–6, 7–5, 6–7(3–7)|
|Runner-up||2010||Paris (2)||Hard (i)||Robin Söderling||1–6, 6–7(1–7)|
|Runner-up||2016||Monte Carlo||Clay||Rafael Nadal||5–7, 7–5, 0–6|
ATP career finals
Singles: 25 (6 titles, 19 runners-up)
|Winner||1.||1 August 2005||Sopot Open, Poland||Clay||Florian Mayer||7–6(8–6), 4–6, 7–5|
|Runner-up||1.||9 October 2005||Open de Moselle, France||Hard (i)||Ivan Ljubičić||6–7(7–9), 0–6|
|Runner-up||2.||30 October 2005||Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, France||Carpet (i)||Andy Roddick||3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||3.||8 January 2006||Qatar Open, Qatar||Hard||Roger Federer||3–6, 6–7(5–7)|
|Runner-up||4.||20 May 2007||Pörtschach Open, Austria||Clay||Juan Mónaco||6–7(3–7), 0–6|
|Runner-up||5.||4 October 2008||Vienna Open, Austria||Hard (i)||Philipp Petzschner||4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||6.||28 February 2009||Mexican Open, Mexico||Clay||Nicolás Almagro||4–6, 4–6|
|Winner||2.||27 September 2009||Open de Moselle, France||Hard (i)||Philipp Kohlschreiber||7–6(7–1), 3–6, 6–2|
|Runner-up||7.||15 November 2009||Paris Masters, France||Hard (i)||Novak Djokovic||2–6, 7–5, 6–7(3–7)|
|Runner-up||8.||18 July 2010||Stuttgart Open, Germany||Clay||Albert Montañés||2–6, 2–1, ret.|
|Runner-up||9.||10 October 2010||Japan Open, Japan||Hard||Rafael Nadal||1–6, 5–7|
|Winner||3.||31 October 2010||Open Sud de France, France||Hard (i)||Ivan Ljubičić||6–2, 5–7, 6–1|
|Runner-up||10.||14 November 2010||Paris Masters, France (2)||Hard (i)||Robin Söderling||1–6, 6–7(1–7)|
|Runner-up||11.||7 August 2011||Washington Open, United States||Hard||Radek Štěpánek||4–6, 4–6|
|Winner||4.||23 October 2011||Stockholm Open, Sweden||Hard (i)||Jarkko Nieminen||7–5, 3–6, 6–2|
|Runner-up||12.||7 January 2012||Qatar Open, Qatar (2)||Hard||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||5–7, 3–6|
|Runner-up||13.||5 February 2012||Open Sud de France, France||Hard (i)||Tomáš Berdych||2–6, 6–4, 3–6|
|Runner-up||14.||25 May 2013||Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, France||Clay||Albert Montañés||0–6, 6–7(3–7)|
|Runner-up||15.||24 August 2013||Winston-Salem Open, United States||Hard||Jürgen Melzer||3–6, 1–2, ret.|
|Runner-up||16.||4 January 2014||Qatar Open, Qatar (3)||Hard||Rafael Nadal||1–6, 7–6(7–5), 2–6|
|Winner||5.||9 February 2014||Open Sud de France, France (2)||Hard (i)||Richard Gasquet||6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||17.||22 February 2015||Open 13, France||Hard (i)||Gilles Simon||4–6, 6–1, 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||18.||14 February 2016||Rotterdam Open, Netherlands||Hard (i)||Martin Kližan||7–6(7–1), 3–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||19.||17 April 2016||Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco||Clay||Rafael Nadal||5–7, 7–5, 0–6|
|Winner||6.||24 July 2016||Washington Open, United States||Hard||Ivo Karlović||5–7, 7–6(8–6), 6–4|
Singles performance timeline
Current through 2016 Western & Southern Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||2R||1R||3R||A||4R||3R||3R||3R||3R||3R||2R||QF||0 / 11||21–11||62.96|
|French Open||Q1||1R||4R||3R||SF||QF||2R||QF||A||3R||QF||4R||A||0 / 10||28–10||73.68|
|Wimbledon||A||3R||1R||3R||A||A||3R||3R||A||A||2R||3R||1R||0 / 8||11–8||57.89|
|US Open||A||1R||2R||A||4R||4R||QF||2R||A||2R||QF||1R||0 / 9||17–9||65.38|
|Win–Loss||0–0||3–4||4–4||6–3||8–2||10–3||9–4||9–4||2–1||5–3||11–4||6–4||4–2||0 / 38||77–38||66.96|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||2R||3R||1R||1R||2R||2R||A||A||A||3R||A||QF||0 / 8||6–8||42.86|
|Miami Masters||A||4R||2R||1R||2R||4R||A||A||3R||A||2R||4R||QF||0 / 9||12–9||57.14|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||1R||1R||1R||3R||1R||A||3R||A||1R||2R||SF||F||0 / 10||13–10||56.52|
|Rome Masters||A||A||SF||1R||LQ||A||A||A||2R||A||A||A||1R||0 / 4||5–4||55.56|
|Madrid Masters||A||1R||1R||A||QF||A||QF||2R||3R||A||A||2R||2R||0 / 8||11–8||57.89|
|Canada Masters||A||A||A||A||1R||2R||3R||QF||A||A||2R||2R||SF||0 / 7||11–7||61.11|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||3R||2R||A||2R||1R||1R||QF||A||A||3R||1R||3R||0 / 9||10–8||55.56|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Masters Series||3R||2R||A||A||QF||A||A||0 / 3||6–3||66.67|
|Paris Masters||2R||A||1R||A||3R||F||F||2R||A||A||3R||1R||0 / 8||12–8||60.00|
|Hamburg Masters||A||A||1R||A||A||Not Masters Series||0 / 1||0–1||00.00|
|Win–Loss||1–1||6–5||6–8||0–4||8–7||9–7||10–6||6–5||4–3||3–2||7–6||8–6||18–6||0 / 67||86–66||56.58|
|Titles–Finals||0–0||1–3||0–1||0–1||0–1||1–3||1–4||1–2||0–2||0–2||1–2||0–1||1–3||6 / 25||6–19||24.00|
|Year End Ranking||239||30||46||38||14||13||12||15||77||31||18||24||$10,474,256|
Record against top 10 players
Monfils's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface
- Richard Gasquet 7–5
- Radek Štěpánek 6–3
- Andy Roddick 5–3
- Marat Safin 4–0
- Jürgen Melzer 4–1
- Grigor Dimitrov 4–1
- John Isner 4–4
- Janko Tipsarević 4–3
- Roger Federer 4–9
- Fernando Verdasco 3–0
- Kevin Anderson 3–0
- David Nalbandian 3–1
- James Blake 3–2
- Milos Raonic 3–2
- David Ferrer 3–3
- Ivan Ljubičić 3–4
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3–5
- Marin Čilić 2–0
- Arnaud Clément 2–0
- Fernando González 2–0
- Sébastien Grosjean 2–1
- Tommy Haas 2–2
- Lleyton Hewitt 2–2
- Nicolás Almagro 2–3
- Nikolay Davydenko 2–3
- Tommy Robredo 2–3
- Stanislas Wawrinka 2–3
- Andy Murray 2–4
- Juan Mónaco 2–5
- Rafael Nadal 2–12
- Ernests Gulbis 1–0
- Marcos Baghdatis 1–3
- Mikhail Youzhny 1–3
- Tomáš Berdych 1–6
- Gilles Simon 1–6
- Guillermo Cañas 0–1
- Mardy Fish 0–1
- Rainer Schüttler 0–1
- Mario Ančić 0–2
- Juan Martín del Potro 0–2
- Juan Carlos Ferrero 0–3
- Kei Nishikori 0–3
- Robin Söderling 0–3
- Novak Djokovic 0–12
- *As of August 21, 2015.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gaël Monfils.|
- Official website (French)
- Gaël Monfils at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Gaël Monfils at the International Tennis Federation
- Gaël Monfils at the International Tennis Federation Junior Profile
- Gaël Monfils at Davis Cup Profile
|ATP Newcomer of the Year
|ITF Junior World Champion