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- Pronounced: ga-EL mon-FEES
- Age: 27 (01.09.1986)
- Birthplace: Paris, France
- Residence: Trelex, Switzerland
- Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
- Weight: 177 lbs (80 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 2004
- Website: http://www.lamonf.com
As of 03.03.2014
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*Singles & Doubles combined
*Singles & Doubles combined
Full name Gael Sebastien Monfils...Nicknamed "Lamonf"...His father, Rufin, a former soccer player, comes from island of Guadeloupe...He is an agent for France Telecom...His mother, Sylvette, comes from island of Martinique and is a nurse...Also has one younger brother, Daryl, who partnered Gael at 2012 Montpellier...Considers Arthur Ashe to be his favourite player...Off court walks around with his iPod listening to music, in particular R&B...If he didn’t play tennis he would play basketball...Fan of NBA team Detroit Pistons and favourite basketball player is Carmelo Anthony.
Finished as world's No. 1 junior in 2004 with titles at Australian Open (d. Ouanna), Roland Garros (d. Kuznetsov) and Wimbledon (d. Kasiri)...Did not drop a set in Australia and lost only one set each in Paris and Wimbledon...In 2003, was runner-up at Orange Bowl (l. to Baghdatis) and USTA Winter International Championships (l. to Rieschick)...Best friends are countrymen and former juniors Josselin Ouana, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Paterne Mamata...Named ATP Newcomer of Year in 2005.
Monfils DEUCE Feature (Jan. 2010)
2013 -- Returned to Top 50 after falling to No. 119 in May. Reached QF or better 8 times, including runner-up in Nice (l. to Montañes) and Winston-Salem (ret. with left hip injury vs Melzer)…In Grand Slam play (5-3 record) reached 3R at Australian Open (l. to Simon in 5 sets) and Roland Garros (d. No. 6 Berdych in 1R in 5 sets, l. to Robredo in 5 sets, held 4 MP) and 2R at US Open (l. to Isner). Did not play Wimbledon. At Aus. Open, in 2R win over Lu, hit career-high 29 aces and 23 double faults (1st player at Aus. Open with 20-20 since Bryan Shelton in ‘94)…Also reached SF at Umag (l. to Fognini) and Auckland (l. to Ferrer) and QF at Doha (l. to Brands), Halle (l. to Haas), Stuttgart (l. to Kohlschreiber) and ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (d No. 7 Federer, l. to Djokovic)…Compiled records of 16-12 on hard, 15-9 on clay and 2-1 on grass. Went 2-6 vs Top 10 opponents…
2012 -- The Frenchman finished outside Top 20 for 1st time since 2007 as he struggled with a right knee injury on and off during season. Missed 3 1/2 months before returning week of September 17 (played 3 events)...His best results were runner-up showings in Doha (l. to Tsonga) in January and Montpellier (l. to Berdych) in February. Also a SF in Metz in September (l. to Seppi) and QF in Bangkok (l. to Simon)...In his lone Grand Slam outing, reached 3R at Australian Open (l. to Kukushkin in 5 sets)...Compiled records of 16-7 on hard and 3-3 on clay. Went 1-3 vs. Top 10 opponents with lone win over No. 2 Nadal in Doha SF...
2011 -- The No. 3 Frenchman (behind Tsonga, Simon) finished in Top 15 for 4th straight year, highlighted by his 4th career ATP World Tour title in Stockholm (d. Nieminen)…Also finalist in Washington, D.C. (l. to Stepanek) in his first U.S. final…Overall reached QF or better 11 times, including Roland Garros...Ranked in Top 10 for most of season, 32 straight weeks, from Apr. 4 to Nov. 7...In February, reached SF in San Jose where he withdrew (vs. Raonic) due to a left wrist injury (sidelined for 2 months)…Also SF in Halle in June (l. to eventual champ Kohlschreiber) and Bangkok (l. to Young)…Following Bangkok, withdrew from Beijing and Shanghai due to a knee injury...Went 1-4 vs. Top 10 opponents with lone win over No. 7 Ferrer at Roland Garros and compiled marks of 22-8 on hard, 11-6 on clay and 5-2 on grass...
2010 -- The top Frenchman finished in Top 15 for third straight year with personal-high 46 match wins…Helped France to Davis Cup final (l. 3-2 to Serbia), defeating Tipsarevic in opener before losing to Djokovic…Reached SFs or better six times and was 1-3 in finals, including runner-ups at Paris* for second straight year (d. Verdasco, Murray, Federer, l. to Soderling), Stuttgart (ret. vs. Montanes w/right ankle injury) and Tokyo (l. to Nadal)…Won title in Montpellier (d. Ljubicic)…Missed two months from March to May with left hand injury…Reached QF at US Open (l. to Nadal)…Was 36-14 on hard and 8-4 on clay…Earned a career-high $1,303,546.
2009 -- The No. 2 Frenchman (behind No. 10 Tsonga) finished in Top 15 for second straight year…Won a personal-best 42 matches and captured second career title in Metz (d. Kohlschreiber)…Reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final in Paris (l. to Djokovic)…Opened season with a SF in Doha, defeating World No. 1 Nadal in QF before losing to Roddick…Retired in 4th RD at Australian Open with right wrist injury…Broke into Top 10 for first time on Feb. 23…Spent 14 weeks in Top 10…Finalist at Acapulco (l. to Almagro), his sixth straight runner-up…Advanced to 4th RD at Miami*, saving two match points against Safin before losing to Roddick…Missed a month with left knee injury before QF at Roland Garros (l. to Federer)…Injured left wrist at Queen’s in London and was forced to withdraw from 3rd RD and Wimbledon…Returned in Montreal*…Reached 4th RD at US Open (l. to Nadal)…Finished season with QFs in Kuala Lumpur and Vienna, SF in Tokyo and runner-up in Paris*…Compiled marks of 33-15 on hard, 8-4 on clay and 1-0 on grass…Earned a career-high $1,290,794.
2008 -- The Frenchman finished in Top 20 for first time and won a personal-high 30 matches while reaching his first Grand Slam SF and sixth career ATP final...Missed first two months with a right knee injury and went 5-7 going into Roland Garros where he reached SF (d. No. 5 Ferrer, l. to Federer)...
On grass, reached SF in Nottingham (l. to Karlovic) but then withdrew from Wimbledon due to right shoulder injury...In August, advanced to QF at Beijing Olympics (l. to Djokovic) and followed with 4th RD at US Open (l. to Fish)...Beat Top 10 Nalbandian in both...Finished indoor circuit with a 10-4 mark, reaching SF in Bangkok (l. to Tsonga), runner-up in Vienna (l. to Petzschner), QF at AMS Madrid (d. No. 10 Gonzalez, No. 8 Roddick, l. to Murray) and 3rd RD at AMS Paris (l. to Nadal)...
Went 5-7 vs. Top 10 opponents and compiled records of 18-11 on hard, 9-5 on clay and 3-1 on grass...In lone Challenger outing in May in Marrakech, won title (d. Chardy)...Earned a career-high $889,581.
2007 -- Finished in Top 50 and reached an ATP final for third straight year...Advanced to 3rd RD at Australian Open for first time (d. Bracciali, Baghdatis, l. to Gasquet)...In March, won title at Sunrise Challenger (d. Seppi) and two months later in Poertschach, defeated Querrey, Lee, No. 3 Roddick and Hewitt to reach fifth ATP final (l. to Monaco)...
In July, reached QF in Gstaad (l. to Mathieu) and SF in Washington (l. to Isner)...In September, advanced to SF at Bucharest (l. to Hanescu)...Went 3-2 vs. Top 10 opponents, including wins over No. 5 Davydenko in Gstaad and No. 7 Robredo in Stuttgart.
2006 -- Finished in Top 50 for second straight year despite on-and-off injuries throughout season...Retired with a back injury in QF at Queen's, missed European summer clay court circuit with a right foot injury, withdrew from Asian circuit with stress fracture in left foot and then sprained his right ankle in October in Madrid...Opened season with runner-up in Doha (l. to Federer) and in May, reached SF at ATP Masters Series Rome (d. Roddick, l. to Nadal)...
His best Grand Slam came with 4th RD finish at Roland Garros (d. Blake, l. to Djokovic)...Moved on to grass at Queen's and recorded third win over a Top 10 player in four tournaments, defeating No. 4 Ljubicic en route to QF...Retired against Blake with a back injury...Made 1st RD exit at Wimbledon and sat out next two months with a right foot injury...Returned in August at AMS Cincinnati, defeating Safin before losing to No. 10 Baghdatis...At US Open, lost to Moodie in 2nd RD...Then suffered a left stress fracture and missed a month before returning in mid-October in Madrid where he sprained his right ankle...Had a 3-5 record vs. Top 10 opponents...
2005 -- Climbed 200 spots in ATP Rankings to finish as No. 3 Frenchman (behind No. 16 Gasquet, No. 26 Grosjean)...Won Challenger titles in Benancon (d. C. Rochus) and Tunis (d. Santoro)...Reached 4th RD at ATP Masters Series Miami (l. to Hrbaty) and 3rd RD at Wimbledon (l. to Ancic)... Won first ATP title in Sopot (d. Mayer)... Finalist in Metz (d. Gasquet, Hrbaty, l. to Ljubicic) and Lyon (d. Gaudio, Grosjean, l. to Roddick)...
2004 -- Improved ranking by over 700 positions in rankings...Made ATP debut as wild card in Metz and reached QF by (d. Malisse, Patience, l. to Gasquet)...Qualified into AMS Paris and reached 2nd RD (d. Enqvist, l. to No. 3 Hewitt)...Went 14-6 with one title in Futures and 3-5 in Challengers...In doubles, reached final at France #7 (w/Ouanna)...
The Frenchmen started the season by finishing runner-up at Doha for the third time (also 2006 and 2012); lost to No. 1 Nadal in three-set final…Lost to World No. 1 Nadal in Australian Open 3R…
Represented France in 5-0 win over Australia in Davis Cup World Group 1R…On 9 February, captured his fifth ATP World Tour title in his 21st final, defeating his good friend and defending champion, Gasquet…Also won 2010 Montpellier title (d. Ljubicic)…Improved to 5-16 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals…
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