Good news reaches the tennis world: Elina Switolina (27) and Gaël Monfils (35) are expecting their first child.
“With a heart full of love and happiness, we are delighted to announce that we are expecting a daughter in October,” the tennis couple wrote on Instagram on Sunday. Various players congratulate the couple, who married in Geneva in mid-July 2021.
Belinda Bencic (24) writes: “Many congratulations. Enjoy this wonderful moment.” “Congratulations. October children are the best,” comments Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka (24), who celebrates her birthday on October 16, with a wink.
Haven’t played a tournament since the end of March
It is finally good news again, especially for the former world number three Switolina. Her home country Ukraine is at war, which mentally affects the tennis player extremely. She is currently very exhausted, which is why she will not take part in the French Open, among other things. The 27-year-old has not competed in a WTA tournament since the end of March.
In a recent interview with the French newspaper “Figaro”, she expressed concerns that the tennis community is aware of what is really happening in Ukraine. She supports the decision of the Wimbledon organizers not to allow Russians and Belarusians at the tournament. She cannot understand why the ATP and WTA player organizations are not following suit: “I don’t have the feeling that they understood us correctly.”
Now Switolina, who is called Elina Monfils off the tennis court, wants to concentrate on her foundation and her family as best she can. And this will soon grow. (che)
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