Prefered animal? The dog.
- Colors preferred? Green blue and black
- Which are others favourites sport except the tennis?
- Which are your hobbies?
Reading, video games, the series TV (dexter, heroes, lost, smallville)
- Cars preferred? Aston Martin, and Lomborguini
drink preferred? The fanta
- Preferred Number? 15
- Preferred Dish? Dombes of shrimps and the chicken colombo (West-Indian speciality)
- Music preferred? Hip hop, R& NB, Rap
- Preferred Film? Remember the titans
- Preferred Actor? Denzel Washinton
- Preferred Actress? Hayden panettiere (heroes) and kristin kruk (smallvill)
- Preferred City? Miami
- Principal Defect? The portable
- Principal Quality? Generosity
-Your greater memory of your career? Match against hewitt at the second round of bercy in 2004
-The worst? My distorsion has Madrid against harbaty in 2006
- Your dream of tennis? To become number one and win Roland garros
- Admired men tennis Players more? Tsonga gasquet
- Women tennis Player admired more? Dominika Cibulkova
- If you haven't be tennis player what you would made?
The personn the most important in your life?
My parents and my brother
-if you're lost in a deserted island what would you take with you?
One-on-one with Gaël Monfils
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
“Remember the Titans” with Denzel Washington.
I don’t have any one in particular. I listen to a lot of Rap and Dance/Soul compilations.
What do you like to read?
I read everything but I particularly like detective novels.
Favourite and least favourite players
Honestly, they’re all cool. There are no real a*******
Favourite football team
I’ve a few. I like PSG, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Orangeblog.fr My blog is on there, my username is Sliderman.
I was 21 (he laughs, then thinks about it). I’d say I was five, in kindergarten. I had a girlfriend but I don’t remember her name.
I have a thousand.
Against Marcos Baghdatis at the Australian Open two years ago.
At Monte Carlo against Stepanek. I injured myself just before the match and couldn’t run.
I made screenshots of the article in Tennis Magazine after his run in Roland-Garros. There is nothing new, I found it disappointing (one more time - I wonder why I keep buying TM), but maybe people who don't have TM will like to take a look at it.
Deniau's column - "You'll be a man..." (you know that "Monfils" means "my son" in French ^^) - is referring to this article from 2007 where he said that Gael had to start everything from the scratch again because he wasn't playing tennis - he was just making shots. And the point of his column is that Gaël now (finally) plays tennis.
is there somewhere where we can read an english or translated version of the L'Equipe article???
Which article do you mean? L'Equipe Magazine? If somebody has it and posts a scan, I can try to translate the interesting parts. L'Equipe Magazine is not available online, as far as I know, you can only buy it in France.
He won 3500 euros from gambling in Barcelona in one week-end?!
I like Clément's reaction the first time he practiced with him ("who's that Martian?")
Be patient for the translation because I just got quite a lot of work to do for next week (real work, I mean), but I will do it.
(I'll start with the first article, so if anybody else feels like practicing his English, you can start translating the second part "La Monf' family", I'll be busy enough with the first article for the time being).
It wasn't that long, after all, here's the first part about Dominika. A lot of personal stuff we didn't really need to know, but never mind:
The right mix Gaël Monfils has found the right balance. A subtle emotional combination with his girlfriend Dominika, his friends, his family, his staff. They all in their own way help him to win. We met them between Roland-Garros and Wimbledon. Welcome into "La Monf' family".
Not the right place for a honeymoon. A charmless hotel in a boring suburb of Barcelona, the air conditioning is broken, the room tiny. The tournament ends in a fiasco: abs injury and retirement in the first round for the young lady. And it’s raining like in Wimbledon. Gaël Monfils and Dominika Cibulkova are not lucky for their little trip after the French Open. And now the French media are coming, Paris Match on Sunday, l’Equipe Magazine on Monday. “I don’t get all the buzz around our story”, the French Open semi-finalist says. “Dominika is my girlfriend, she’s great, that’s it.” Gaël’s mother Sylvette also calms things downs: “Gaël introduced Dominika as a friend, the journalists are the ones who made a big deal out of it”, she says. “As I told him, you’re young and having fun. I don’t think anybody is thinking of getting married.”
He’s 21 years old, she 19. The relationship between the 32nd of the ATP rankings and the 31st of the WTA rankings looks more like a teenager’s romance. In their room of the Husa Via Barcelona, iTunes is running non stop. In the playlist: Usher, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kanye West and ‘Viens voir le docteur’ of Doc Gynéco. Gaël knows the lyrics by heart, Dominika doesn’t understand a word. The ‘Monfshow’ begins. “Give me some lyrics”, he says to his girlfriend and exhibits a pair of ‘Nike dunks’ with multicoloured crystals on the comma he let customize in a shop of the Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, the CLVII. He’s very proud of them: “They’re fresh, don’t you think so?”
The nice story between the big burly black guy and the tiny little blonde thing began in a night club. The French DJ Bob Sinclar was playing a set at the Mansion of Miami Beach on the 30th of March. “Dominika had just lost a very close match against Dementieva, so I allowed her to go out and have a little fun”, her coach Vladimir Platenik says. “We know each other since our Juniors time with Gaël and they let us in because he’s a friend of Bob Sinclar”, she says with her beautiful blue-green eyes and her gorgeous smile. Once in the club, they talk, Gaël dances, Dominika doesn’t dare to follow him. “He was moving so well, I was afraid to embarrass myself next to him”, she confesses. She barely reaches his shoulders with her 161 cm.
But the 2004 Junior world champion isn’t in Florida only to wiggle his hips on the dancefloors of Miami. After a difficult time with two changes of coach and different kind of injuries, Monfils finally wins a match again. The first one since September 2007. The opening of the operation ‘Revival’ which will go on with a victory in a Challenger in Marrakech and a semi-final at the Porte d’Auteuil. Is Dominika maybe the key of La Monf’s comeback? “There isn’t really a connection between my private life and my career”, he says, sitting in a comfortable leather armchair in the player’s lounge in Barcelona. “I was dating somebody else before, you cannot talk of a Dominika effect. It would be too easy.” Very well then.
The story is indeed hardly two months old. And Gaël already had brief romances with fellow players of the WTA Tour (Alizé Cornet among others two years ago) without any obvious effect on his results. Thierry Champion, coach and confidant of the young Parisian, has a different opinion on this, though: “At one point, he needed to talk to somebody of his age, to settle down. Dominika is a great girl, she’s sharp, very dynamic, she’s at ease with herself. She’s good for him. Gaël is an emotional person, he can’t stay alone.”
Champion is so sure the small Slovakian girl is good for Gaël that he recommended himself the trip to Barcelona after Roland-Garros. Monfils already went to Bratislava in April to cheer for Dominika in a thrilling Fed Cup encounter between Slovakia and Uzbekistan. The occasion for him to meet the parents of his girlfriend, Milan Cibulka and Katarina Cibulkova, lawyer and member of the Slovakian Parlament for the SDKU-DS (right party). “They’re nice. They have authority over their only child, but they were cool with me”, Monfils says while Dominika is answering an insistent phone call of her mother.
As for him, Champion lets him do what he wants and only sets some limits. Gaël wanted to stay one week in Spain after Roland-Garros, his coach asked him to come back in France on Wednesday already to start the preparation for Wimbledon. “He needed to get back to his tennis, but I didn’t have to argue a lot”, Champion adds. To negotiate, to discuss: that’s the routine when you coach Gaël Monfils. “He now is more mature and more rebellious at the same time” according to Rémi Barbarin, his co-coach and physical trainer. “We have to listen more to him. Maybe we didn’t listen to him enough in the past. That way we show him that we want him to make his own choices. Even though his choices sometimes are the wrong ones.”
It might have been the wrong decision to play the mixed doubles with his girlfriend during Roland-Garros. “Dominika wasn’t the problem, but to play a mixed doubles match after having played 5 sets in singles isn’t exactly the best thing to do”, Thierry Champion means. But he never considered imposing himself upon Gaël’s choice. “Gaël needs to be happy to play”, he says. “If I had forbidden him to play in mixed doubles although he really was eager to play, I don’t think it would have been helpful for him.” The pursuit of happiness is an obligation for Monfils. “And that doesn’t apply only to Dominika”, Champion says. “Also his friends, his family, his staff. He needs to feel that everybody around him is happy. If there is some problem, he’ll be sad on the court and nothing will work anymore.”
Right now, everything is looking great. Luck seems to smile on Monfils. He spends his evenings at the casino of Barcelona with Dominika and Vladimir Platenik. ‘Sliderman’ has nothing of a scatterbrained gambler at the blackjack table: efficient strategy, perfect knowledge of the game, total composure. He makes 3500 euros in 2 days. Everything is obviously going his way.