(9) Gael Monfils
- DOB: 01/09/1986
- Nationality: FRA
- Became Pro: 2004
- Height: 1.93
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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