66 Facts About Gael Monfils

1. Gael Monfils appeared in the music video for "Hello" by Martin Solveig and Dragonette.

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2. In 2011, Gael Monfils parted ways with Rasheed and announced that his fitness coach, Patrick Chamagne would take the reins as his new full-time coach.

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3. Gael Monfils announced a partnership with a new coach, Tarik Benhabiles, in May 2007.

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4. Gael Monfils was coached by countryman and former ATP pro Thierry Champion but they parted company in September 2006.

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5. Gael Monfils is a huge fan of the NBA's Denver Nuggets and his favorite basketball player is Carmelo Anthony.

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6. Gael Monfils is of French-Caribbean heritage: his father, Rufin, a former football player employed as an agent for France Telecom, comes from the island of Guadeloupe.

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7. Gael Monfils is nicknamed "La Monf", or occasionally "Sliderman" due to his unusual sliding technique, especially on clay surfaces.

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8. Gael Monfils was sponsored by Head for racquets but changed to Prince in 2009 and Wilson in 2012.

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9. Gael Monfils was sponsored by Nike for clothes and shoes but changed to K-Swiss in 2010.

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10. Gael Monfils has garnered a reputation for showmanship and high-risk shotmaking throughout his career.

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11. Gael Monfils lost his quarterfinal match against Diego Schwartzman in straight sets.

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12. In round one, Gael Monfils completed a significant comeback to beat Horacio Zeballos, saving one match point in the process with a booming forehand.

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13. Gael Monfils had lost his previous three Qatar Open singles finals.

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14. Gael Monfils was forced to withdraw from six tournaments because of various ailments and concluded his season after losing in the singles third round of the 2017 US Open, citing a right knee injury.

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15. Gael Monfils eventually lost a controversial match to Djokovic in four sets.

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16. Gael Monfils started the 2016 season by entering the 2016 Australian Open where he was seeded 23rd, Monfils took advantage of a draw which opened up in his section to reach the singles quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time.

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17. Gael Monfils lost in the round of sixteen to Roger Federer in four sets.

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18. Gael Monfils reached the final of the Open 13 in Marseille, that of which saw him lose to Gilles Simon.

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19. Gael Monfils was beaten by Nadal in the third round of the 2014 Australian Open.

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20. Gael Monfils reached his 3rd final in Doha and lost to Rafael Nadal in three sets.

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21. Gael Monfils reached the final in Winston-Salem, but bowed out to Austria's Jurgen Melzer in the second set due to an unspecified injury, securing the championship for Melzer.

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22. Gael Monfils continued his quest by defeating Gulbis in round two.

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23. Gael Monfils made it to the third round of the 2013 Australian Open, but was defeated there by compatriot Gilles Simon.

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24. Gael Monfils reached the semifinals in Auckland, being eliminated by David Ferrer.

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25. Gael Monfils reached the third round in Madrid, again losing to Berdych.

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26. Gael Monfils reached the final, losing to Tomas Berdych in three sets.

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27. At the 2012 Australian Open, Gael Monfils progressed to the third round before bowing out to Mikhail Kukushkin in five sets.

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28. Gael Monfils began 2012 reaching the final of the Qatar Open.

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29. Gael Monfils defeated Matthias Bachinger and Grega Zemlja before falling in the third round to Łukasz Kubot of Poland in four sets.

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30. At the French Open, Gael Monfils defeated seventh seed David Ferrer in five sets to reach the quarterfinals.

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31. Gael Monfils was seeded 12th in the 2011 Australian Open, where he was defeated in the third round by Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.

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32. Gael Monfils started 2011 at the AAMI Kooyong Classic, where, in the final, he lost to Australian and former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt.

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33. At the Open de Sud, Gael Monfils won his third tournament, defeating Ivan Ljubicic in three sets.

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34. Gael Monfils was runner-up at the Rakuten Japan Open, losing to Rafael Nadal in two sets.

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35. Gael Monfils is the first Frenchman to make the US Open quarterfinals since Arnaud Clement in 2000.

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36. Gael Monfils was up two sets and a break, before being upset by Fabio Fognini in a match over two days.

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37. Gael Monfils finally made his return at the Madrid Open and reach the quarterfinals without losing a set, but there he lost to the third seed Rafael Nadal.

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38. Gael Monfils was the third seed at the 2010 Open 13 in Marseille, France where, in the quarterfinals, he lost to Julien Benneteau in straight sets.

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39. Gael Monfils was the first seed at the SA Tennis Open, where he lost in the semifinals to Feliciano Lopez.

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40. At the Australian Open, Gael Monfils lost in the round of 32 to John Isner in four sets.

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41. Gael Monfils began his season at the Brisbane International, where he was seeded third.

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42. At the Japan Open, Gael Monfils reached the semifinal stage, losing to eventual champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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43. Gael Monfils lost to finalist Andy Roddick in three sets, after being up a break in the first set and losing it.

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44. Gael Monfils played first tournament in Doha and caused a two-set upset in the quarterfinals against Nadal.

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45. At the US Open, Gael Monfils lost in the fourth round to Mardy Fish in straight sets, after having previously, defeated former world No 3 David Nalbandian, in straight sets.

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46. Gael Monfils was selected by France to play at the Olympics in Beijing, where he lost to third seed Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

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47. Gael Monfils was defeated by top seed Roger Federer in four sets.

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48. At the French Open, Gael Monfils reached a semifinals berth for the first time at any Grand Slam, becoming the first Frenchman to reach the semifinals since 2001.

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49. Gael Monfils was forced to withdraw from the 2008 Australian Open due to the same injury.

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50. In July, Gael Monfils made it to the semifinals of the 2007 Legg Mason Tennis Classic, before losing to American John Isner in three tiebreaks.

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51. At Wimbledon, Gael Monfils reached the third round without dropping a set, where he lost to Nikolay Davydenko, the sixth seed, in straight sets.

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52. Gael Monfils lost in the third round of the French Open to David Nalbandian in a four-set match.

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53. At the Australian Open, Gael Monfils lost to his compatriot Richard Gasquet in the third round in four sets.

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54. Gael Monfils won the first set, but ended up losing the next three.

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55. Gael Monfils competed in the main draw of this Paddle tennis tournament and surprised everyone when he ousted world No 1 paddle tennis player Scott Freedman and eventually went on to win the whole tournament.

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56. Gael Monfils finished the year as the No 3 Frenchman and captured his first ATP title, while reaching two additional finals.

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57. Gael Monfils reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and the quarterfinals at the French Open.

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58. In doubles, Gael Monfils reached the final at France No 7.

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59. Gael Monfils reached the third round at the US Open.

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60. Gael Monfils was No 21 in junior rankings at the end of the year.

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61. Gael Monfils reached the second round at France No 14, Egypt No 2, and Spain No 28.

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62. Gael Monfils would end the year ranked as the No 4 junior in the world and represented France in the junior Davis Cup as well.

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63. In 2002, Gael Monfils finished 24th at the Dutch Junior Open and won the German Junior Open.

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64. Gael Monfils was crowned International Tennis Federation youth world champion.

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65. Gael Monfils has reached at least one ATP World Tour singles final and scored at least one singles win against a Top 10 player every year since 2005.

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66. Gael Monfils reached a career-high ATP world No 6 singles ranking on November 7, 2016.

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