Sebastian Grosjean explains decision to snub Gael Monfils out of Davis Cup selection

French Davis Cup team captain Sebastian Grosjean insists former world No. 6 Gael Monfils understands the decision to be left out of the French team for the Davis Cup Finals. 

On Monday, Grosjean announced that Ugo Humbert, Richard Gasquet, Arhur Rinderknech, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert will be representing France at the Davis Cup Finals. 

Monfils, ranked at No. 21 in the world, is currently the highest-ranked French player. 

Monfils has played well recently, making the final in Sofia and reaching the semifinal in Metz. 

“Gael understands my choice to mix youth and experience.(…) I do not rule out making changes the team before the start, as the regulations allow, especially if Gael does great at Bercy,” Grosjean said, per Tennis Magazine. 

Monfils happy everything has returned to normal

Monfils made a strong start to the season in 2020, winning back-to-back titles in Montpellier and Rotterdam. 

Also, Monfils made the Dubai semifinal before losing to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. 

When the season resumed, Monfils’ momentum was ruined. 

“I like to feel the energy of the crowd and that is why it was difficult to play in empty stadiums,” Monfils said. “COVID-19 broke the momentum I was having. I couldn’t handle it. I was playing my best tennis and i almost reached the best ranking position of my career, but the Tour suspension ruined everything and then I it took a year and a half to regain momentum.”

A few months ago, Monfils married world No. 6 Elina Svitolina. 

Monfils suggests being in a marriage with someone who understands the demands of the Tour helps as both he and Svitolina strive to be successful athletes. 

“We share one goal: to be top-level athletes. We both understand the sacrifice it requires, that’s why we train together and we always try to give our best,” Monfils said. 

Monfils is set to play in Vienna this week. 

Monfils was drawn to meet Lorenzo Musetti in the first round.