Gael Monfils

  • Date of birth: September 1, 1986
  • Birthplace: Paris, France
  • Residence: Nyon, Switzerland
  • Height: 6'4" (1.93m)
  • Weight: 177lbs (80kg) lbs.
  • Plays: Right-handed

Gael Monfils is currently the third highest ranked French tennis player, and No. 14 in the world. He has won one ATP singles final at Sopot in 2005.

Monfils is primarily a defensive counter-puncher who likes to stand far back from the baseline and retrieve every shot until he forces an error from his opponent or maneuvers around to hit a clean winner. However, his ability to go from defense to offense very quickly often takes his opponents by surprise. His signature shot is his two-handed backhand which he sometimes executes in mid-air.

Although Monfils is mostly a defensive player, during his own service games, he tends to go for an ace or a one two combination to finish off the points early. Only when he is forced to play an extended rally (usually on his opponent's serve) does he retreat to a counter-punching position.

Monfils possesses a huge serve capable of reaching over 140 mph.