Player Profiles

(9) Gael Monfils

  • DOB: 01/09/1986
  • Nationality: FRA
  • Became Pro: 2004
  • Height: 1.93
Gael Monfils - health concerns.

Player Profile

Monfils is arguably the host nation's leading hope to become the first French winner since Yannick Noah in 1983.

Much has been expected of Monfils over the years after he stepped into the senior ranks having been world junior number one.

However, his ATP Tour career has been beset by injuries.

When fully fit, the entertaining, all-action star is a handful for anyone, his aggressive celebrations making him a favourite with the fans - not just in his home country.

Monfils almost made the big breakthrough at Grand Slam level at Roland Garros in 2008 but went down in four sets to Roger Federer at the semi-final stage.

His run-up to Roland Garros has been far from impressive, a quarter-final run in Barcelona his highlight, although his defeat by Rafael Nadal at the Real Club perfectly illustrated the current gulf in class between 'LaMonf' and the 'King of Clay'.

An allergic reaction to some cheese bizarrely cut his Madrid campaign short, and he failed to shrug the illness off in time to compete in Rome.

Capable of another sound run but unlikely to match Noah's memorable feat.

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Ten-year Grand Slam History

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Rafael Nadal - five-time winner in Paris. Novak Djokovic - flying start to 2011. Roger Federer - has struggled against the top two in 2011. Andy Murray - solid from the back of the court. Robin Soderling - runner-up the last two years. Tomas Berdych - can let his head go down. David Ferrer - winner in Acapulco on clay this season. Jurgen Melzer - semi-finalist last season. Gael Monfils - health concerns. Mardy Fish - not a great record on clay. Andy Roddick - poor form. Nicolas Almagro - outside chance at Roland Garros. Mikhail Youzhny - stuttering season so far. Richard Gasquet - flamboyant Frenchman. Stanislas Wawrinka - deadly backhand. Viktor Troicki - tempestuous Serb.

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