Last Friday, Elina Svitolina and G. Monfils were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Switzerland, but now it’s time for them to get back to business.
The two immediately jetted out to Tokyo to begin training for the 2021 Olympics. But don’t worry; we haven’t scrapped the actual honeymoon plans altogether; we’ll simply be delaying them until November.
G. Monfils Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Svitolina recently published an Instagram story on which she and her new husband were seen working out at the Olympic facilities in Tokyo, with her stretching on the ground and him riding a stationary cycle nearby.
Neither of them has ever won an Olympic medal, but the Ukrainian is the fourth favourite to do so in Tokyo. In Tokyo, she told the press, “Now it’s time to focus on tennis. “, indicating that she had quickly moved on from wedding-celebration mentality to Olympic-mode. No time for sleep now.”
Both G. Monfils and Svitolina will compete for France and Ukraine in the doubles events in addition to the singles competitions.
Although Svitolina is paired with Dayana Yastremska, G. Monfils is paired with Jeremy Chardy. On July 24, the Ariake Tennis Park will play host to the first of many events.
You have to give the power couple credit for trying to pull off a wedding and the Olympics in the span of a few short weeks in Tokyo. In and out of the game, we’ll be cheering for the couple.
Svitolina, a Ukrainian, will be making her second Olympic appearance. Before losing in the semifinals to eventual gold medalist Petra Kvitova at the 2016 Rio Olympics, she won her first three matches, including one against Serena Williams in the round of 16.
In a recent interview with the ITF, Svitolina remarked, “For me, it’s incredibly special when I play for my country.” You gain this advantage and use it to battle harder and perform more skillfully.
Svitolina is ranked #4 in the world going into the Olympic tournament this year.
“Let’s get serious about tennis,” she remarked. No one has time to take a break right now.”
While G. Monfils will represent France in both singles and doubles, Svitolina will participate with fellow Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska.
On July 24 (Friday, July 23, 10 p.m. ET), the tennis tournament will get underway in the Ariake Tennis Park.