Far from the smiles to which we are accustomed, the French Gael monfils seems to have hit rock bottom. After losing in Australian Open first round before the Finn Emil ruusuvuori 6-3, 4-6 5-7, 6-3 and 3-6 in a game of almost four hours.
Emotionally crumbling, the European admitted at a press conference: “I’d like to get out of this nightmare,” while trying not to break down. “I’m going to give you my mother’s phrase: She will tell me ‘you have to keep training, and she will come back.”
“I feel judged and ask for some mercy. Yes, I lost a lot. I try, I work, but I can’t. I’d like to get up and tell you that this nightmare is over, but here I am. If it happens next week I’ll start over, I don’t know when it will stop. When one has fallen, it is not necessary to shoot him, “he assured after his defeat.
After his victory in the quarterfinals in the Dubai ATP 500 and what in the end was fall in semis before Novak Djokovic, the Frenchman did not win a match at ATP level again: he fell in his debuts in Rome, Hamburg, Roland Garros and Vienna in 2020 added to his defeat against Matteo berrettini in the ATP Cup 2021 which, with 7 losses, makes it his worst losing streak in ATP tournaments since 2007.
Despite the fact that his relationship with the Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina continues its normal course and they continue to have fun and publicize their affection, Monfils seems to have lost his way emotionally. Will he be able to return to that level that led him to be 6th in the world?