Gael Monfils reveals that his wife Elina Svitolina «is very motivated to return» to professional tennis. Last October, Monfils and Svitolina became parents for the first time after welcoming a Skaï girl. Svitolina, 28, has not played in a tournament since last year’s Miami Open.
“She’s right there. She’s obviously very motivated to come back. She was actually crazy because she had just given birth and obviously she was super happy, but she really wants to be back in good shape very soon.
I wanted to feel like I could play again. She was worried because she hadn’t played in a long time. She caught the racket pretty well. It was great. She is now practicing, she loves it. She’s starting to move a bit more because at first she couldn’t move that much.
But now he is better and I think he has some goals, so I think he will soon say what he wants to do and when he wants to come back,» Monfils told the ATP website.
Monfils says Svitolina is «very motivated to come back»
Last February, Svitolina was extremely devastated and heartbroken after Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Initially, Svitolina did not want to stop competing as she was performing in Monterrey, Indian Wells and Miami. But after losing her first matches in Indian Wells and Miami, Svitolina announced an indefinite layoff from tennis. In May, Svitolina shared the happy news, revealing that she and her husband Monfils were expecting their first child.
In October the girl was born. “Happiness, it’s crazy. Happiness, love. I can be a little tired or unhappy with what I’m doing because I want to be perfect. But as soon as I see my daughter, everything falls apart.
It’s a great feeling,» Monfils said regarding parenthood. Monfils is starting his 2023 season in Indian Wells while it remains to be seen when Svitolina will return.