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Friday, July 10, 2020

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Gael Monfils shares reason for creation of GEMS Life Instagram with girlfriend Elina Svitolina

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There have been plenty of athlete couples in sports, but few have done what Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina have done. The two created an Instagram account to announce their relationship and have maintained the account ever since.

Monfils and Svitolina have been dating since last year and went public with their relationship in January. During an interview with ESPN’s Chris McKendry Tuesday from the site of the US Open, Monfils shared the story behind their “GEMS Life” Instagram account.

“I guess when we decided to date seriously and we had been together a couple of months, we arrived in Australia, and it was way easier for us to announce it on Instagram,” Monfils said. “The press could then see what we wanted to show. And then we had fun with it. We decided to share some moments.

“I think now social media is a big part of our job. We enjoy it and that’s why we decided to keep going on Instagram.”

The two form quite the couple in tennis. Monfils, 33, is the world No. 13 player and has reached the quarterfinals at the US Open. He has won eight career ATP titles. Svitolina, 24, is ranked No. 5 and has won 13 WTA titles. She has reached the semifinals at the US Open and is hoping to reach her first career major final.

This was their first Instagram post on the GEMS Life account, which came on Jan. 17:

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“ There is nothing wrong with being different. “

A post shared by G.E.M.S (@g.e.m.s.life) on

The account shows them training, traveling, and enjoying life together. Their relationship also hasn’t adversely affected their playing careers as their showings at Flushing Meadows have demonstrated. Contrarily, we saw another top player’s career tank while she was in a high-profile relationship years ago.

Elina Svitolina had extra reason to win for boyfriend Gael Monfils

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Elina Svitolina says she felt extra pressure to deliver a win during her fourth round match against Madison Keys at the US Open on Sunday night.

Gael Monfils, Svitolina’s boyfriend, was in attendance for the match and cheered her on. Svitolina beat Keys 7-5, 6-4 and said in her post-match interview with ESPN that she wanted to win for Monfils’ birthday.

“It’s his birthday today, so I was trying to be really focused on my match. It was extra motivation today,” Svitolina said.

She also said he told her “if you don’t win, don’t come back,” which seemed to be much more of a joke than a threat.

The victory for Svitolina was her 30th career win over a top-10 opponent. She advances to face Johanna Konta in the quarterfinals. Monfils will face Pablo Andujar in the fourth round on the men’s side.

Watch: Gael Monfils ends US Open match with fancy 360 putaway

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Gael Monfils closed out his second-round win over Marius Copil at the US Open on Thursday night with a flourish.

Monfils had his second match point opportunity and was looking to put things away. He served out wide, forcing Copil to save the ball with a lob. Rather than just put away an easy overhead, Monfils decided to get fancy and did a 360 shot. Take a look:

The fancy finish was a continuation of cool shots Monfils had early in the match. Take a look at this one from the first set:

The Frenchman won easily 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. He will face Denis Shapovalov in the third round.

Tip via Tennisdude

Gael Monfils responds to John McEnroe, critics after loss to Novak Djokovic

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Gael Monfils responded to his critics like John McEnroe after losing to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the US Open on Friday.

Monfils lost in four sets 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 and got off to a bad start at 0-5 in the first set. That led Monfils to try a different strategy, which resulted in commentator John McEnroe calling him out on ESPN for tanking.

Here is an example of what led to the comments:

It’s pretty clear to me that Monfils, having never beaten Djokovic before, mentally felt he needed to try something different because he already felt defeated, so he did something else. And it actually messed with Djokovic and helped Monfils win a few games in the first set, though he ultimately lost it.

After the match, Monfils responded to the critics.

“It’s part of the sport. I think people were expecting a tougher battle,” said Monfils.

“At the end, if I had the mic, I would say ‘stop saying that I’m unprofessional. The guy is killing me. Just embrace that the guy is too good for me and I tried to switch strategy.”

Monfils talking about Djokovic maybe being too good for him is evidenced by Nole’s 13-0 record against him all-time. This was Monfils’ best showing ever at the US Open, even if his performance in the semifinal didn’t reflect well on him. There were questions about his effort as both players struggled with humidity, with Djokovic even getting his shoulder checked.

Here is what Monfils had to say about the criticism from McEnroe:

We’d also like to hear Monfils’ response to ESPN’s LZ Granderson.

LZ Granderson goes off on Gael Monfils for losing to Novak Djokovic

LZ Granderson

ESPN tennis analyst LZ Granderson must be a serious sucker if he was this disappointed about Gael Monfils’ loss to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the US Open on Friday.

Monfils lost to Djokovic in four sets — 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in what amounted to the Frenchman’s best ever showing at the US Open. After the match, which Granderson found disappointing, the ESPN analyst got really passionate about how let down he was and “flabbergasted” at the result.

Umm, does LZ even do any research? Monfils entered the match 0-12 all-time against Djokovic and is now 0-13 against him.

Does LZ get disappointed and disgusted when the Browns can’t beat the Patriots or when Army loses to Notre Dame for the 60th time in a row? Obviously Monfils is still a top-15 player — he was seeded 10th for this event — but let’s put things in perspective. Monfils had only made it past the quarterfinals of a major ONCE prior to this US Open. Monfils losing to the world’s No. 1 player, who has already won two grand slam events this year and is 12-0 against Monfils all-time, should be expected, not a letdown.

Next you’re going to tell me LZ gets disappointed when Maria Sharapova gets steamrolled by Serena Williams in the finals of grand slams.

Gael Monfils and Grigor Dimitrov Share Awkward Post-Match Kiss (Video)

Gael Monfils beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the U.S. Open Monday night. It was a rugged contest for Monfils who struggled through a knee injury to win the match. While the match had plenty of excitement, it was afterwards when the real magical moment occurred.

Dimitrov, who is from Bulgaria, decided to go in for a traditional European-style post-match kiss. Monfils was clearly caught off guard and the result was some extreme awkwardness.

Let this serve as a reminder to Dimitrov: if you’re going to kiss on camera, make sure it’s natural like this one, or better yet, this.

Video Credit: YouTube user afennell59

Stanislas Wawrinka and Gael Monfils Pose for Twitter Picture Prior to Match

Less than an hour before facing off for their match at the Australian Open, Stanislas Wawrinka tweeted this locker room picture of himself with opponent Gael Monfils:

Monfils and Wawrinka are twitter buddies, have practiced together, and have done charity work together. They’ve faced each other three times with Monfils leading 2-1 after winning the two most recent matches, and unfortunately the two highly-seeded players were forced to meet in the third round.

There is little doubt that the two men are fond of each other, and little doubt that they were working their butts off to win the match. But I’m sorry, there’s still something about posing for such a friendly picture in the locker room so close to match time that leaves me feeling uncomfortable. After all, being that close to go time turns a friend into an enemy. Maybe for them the feeling doesn’t change until they’re officially on the court. One thing we do know for certain is that Roger Goodell would not approve of tweeting so close to match-time.