Player Profiles

(12) Gael Monfils

  • DOB: 01/09/1986
  • Nationality: FRA
  • Became Pro: 2004
  • Height: 1.93
Monfils - knows how to celebrate.

Player Profile

A hugely-talented player who has yet to make the most of the skills at his disposal.

The Frenchman is a flamboyant performer capable of cracking amazing winners and whipping the crowd into a frenzy with his jubilant celebrations.

The problem with 'La Monf' is that he's just as likely to throw in a shocker, tends to let his head go down when he's struggling and has also got a poor record with injuries.

Still, given the Australian Open's reputation for producing surprise packages, this could well be the time for Monfils to shine on the biggest stage.

He certainly finished 2010 in fine fettle, reaching finals in Tokyo, Montpellier and Paris back in the autumn.

The former world junior number one, who won the boys' title here in 2004, certainly should be rated as a potential dark horse in Melbourne.

Ten-year Grand Slam History

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Australian Open ---R3R3R4-R3R1R2
French Open -R3-QFR2QFSFR3R4R1
Wimbledon ---R3R3--R3R1R3
US Open ---R2QFR4R4-R2R1

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Experts & Blogs

Barry Cowan

Formidable challenge

The hard work starts now for Andy Murray, says Barry Cowan, as the top four clash in Melbourne.

Tim Clement

Brits sent packing

Day one at the Australian Open and we have already lost the supporting cast, now it's over to Andy Murray.