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Biofile with Gael Monfils


Status: Current ATP rank is #15. Career high was #9 in March 2009. Winner of two ATP singles titles (Sopot 2005, Metz 2009).

DOB: September 1, 1986 In: Paris, France

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 180

Tennis Inspiration: “Arthur Ashe.”

Childhood Heroes: “My hero was maybe Michael Jordan.”

Nickname: “Lamonf. Sliderman”

Hobbies/Leisure Activities: “NBA, watch TV and movies and music.”

Favorite Movie: “Remember The Titans.”

Musical Tastes: “Like 50 Cent, Ilona, Gregory Gumbs, rap, dance-soul combination.”

Last Book Read: “Was The Davinci Code.”

Favorite Meal: “Caribbean meal.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Lemon.”

First Job: “Nothing [smiles].”

Pre-Match Feeling: “I don’t know, nothing special.”

Early Tennis Memory: “Bercy. It was my first senior tournament (2004). And it was unbelievable. And I qualified, passed one round. I played Hewitt in front of 15,000 people. My first time in the stadium. I was 17. It was so nice. Playing in front of my family was the first time for me, so it was magic for me.”

Greatest Sports Moment: “I don’t know yet [smiles].”

Most Painful Moment: “When I injure myself and can’t play, it’s a difficult time.”

Closest Tennis Friends: “Oh yes, I like every French player, but mostly Gasquet, Tsonga and also Paul Henri Mathieu, Clement, Grosjean, Simon.”

Funniest Player Encountered: “I don’t know.”

Toughest Competitors: “Everybody.”

Favorite Vacation: “Caribbean in Guadaloupe, Martinique.”

Favorite Tournaments: “I don’t know, every tournament is nice. But for me the best is Roland Garros. I like Miami too.”

Favorite Players To Watch: “I like watching David Nalbandian. I love his game, how the way he play. I love to watch him play. Richard Gasquet. Grosjean. Same reason. I really like his game. Because he’s my friend and his game is so beautiful, so that’s why I like it. His moves, his forehand, his backhand, very good. I really like to watch him.”

Embarrassing Tennis Memory: “Maybe the Monte Carlo three years ago. Against Stepanek. Because I was injured, it was 6-0 2-0 through two sets and I have to retire so it was very embarrasing for me. Or at Roland Garros (2005). Because it was two sets up and I was playing bad. Very embarrassing (lost in 1R to Canas 6-3, 6-1, 6-0).”

Funny Tennis Memory: “I don’t remember. Every time is funny. Everything for me. I don’t have one.”

People Qualities Most Admired: “Everybody is fine for me.”

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