Gael Monfils targeting major breakthrough in 2020 after landmark year on ATP Tour
Gael Monfils has set his sights on breaking into the world top five next season after a landmark 2019 for the flamboyant Frenchman.
Monfils finished the season in the top ten in the world, making it his best ever on the ATP Tour.
However, he also played more tournaments than ever before, meaning the physical effort to defend those point in 2020 will be greater than ever and leave less room for improvement.
Monfils, though, is determined to all he can to capitalise on his recent ascent.
“It’s not really my plan to have a rest,” Monfils told the press ahead of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
“To be honest, I’m excited to start working, even though I’ve already started working on my preseason to make some changes so I’m stronger for next year.
“I want to explore some parts I’ve never been. To be in the top five (rankings) would be pretty amazing if I can reach that next season.”
A testament to Monfil’s progress in 2019 has been him being invited to play at Mubadala this year.
The high-profile exhibition always boasts a top class invitation-only line-up, and the 2019 edition sees Monfils line up against Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“This competition is great because you play against the best players in the world in a match environment and that’s perfect to make some adjustments,” Monfils said of Mubadala.
“It’s definitely a great moment and a great opportunity to adjust yourself and see where you’re at.”
“I think everybody knows the field is very strong. We’re talking about the best players on the planet.
“It’s an unbelievable field and I’m just blessed to be a part of it this year.”
Simona Halep prepared for ‘mental’ challenges that daunting Australian Open quarantine period poses
Halep all set for quarantine period.
French star hits out at extra privileges given to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams
Jeremy Chardy unimpressed.
Britain’s Heather Watson beaten in Abu Dhabi as the world No.1 also crashes out
Heather Watson exits Abu Dhabi Open.
Quarantine plan revealed for the game’s top players ahead of Australian Open
Players will quarantine in Adelaide.
Rising star provisionally suspended from all tennis activity following a positive doping test
Dayana Yastremska has been provisionally suspended.
Is this the real reason why Roger Federer is skipping next month’s Australian Open?
Roger Federer suggested he pulled out of the Australian Open for fitness reasons, yet other reasons were in play.
Sofia Kenin wins as the tennis season gets underway despite doubts over what happens next
No.1 seed Sofia Kenin of the United…
Exclusive – F1 champ Jenson Button on his love of tennis and the Federer vs Nadal debate
F1 ace Jenson Button speaks exclusively to Tennis365.
Exclusive – British Davis Cup captain makes a prediction for Dan Evans in 2021
Smith believes Evans could be a player to watch in 2021.
Tennis star Camila Giorgi draws mixed response after posting sexy lingerie images on social media
Camila Giorgi has been targeted by online trolls.