Monfils Trains, Entertains In New Web Series
Gael Monfils show most facets – if not all – of his likable personality in #lamonfstory, a new web series that documents Monfils' rehab and recovery from a right-knee injury in 2017.
The Frenchman is serious, discussing how he has drawn inspiration from Roger Federer's own comeback from his knee injury. Monfils is playful, sprinting around the court and shouting after a point in practice. He is also focused, practising intensely with Grigor Dimitrov in South Florida.
“I feel it. I feel it's back,” Monfils tells his coach Mikael Tillstrom while practising with Dimitrov.
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After his best year in 2016, when Monfils reached a career-high of No. 6 and qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time, he struggled with injuries for much of 2017. The three-part series chronicles Monfils' comeback and his passion for the sport.
The 31-year-old seems fully recovered, judging by his strong play. He has started the new season 5-1, winning the Qatar ExxonMobil Open title in Doha (d. Rublev). Monfils fell to Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Australian Open.
Next, Monfils plans to head to South America for the “Golden Swing”, entering the Ecuador Open in Quito, the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires, the Rio Open presented by Claro and the Brasil Open in Sao Paolo.