French tennis star Gael Monfils badly wanted to win his first round match at the French Open since his family and friends were in attendance. Monfils, ranked at No. 15 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 1-6 7-6 (6) 6-4 6-4 and reach the second round.
"That was incredible. Every day, I'm working to be on big stages like that with big crowds. It's an exchange with them, you give energy, they give back. I can't be happier that now," Monfils said after beating Ramos-Vinolas, per Tennis Majors.
Both of my parents were, my brother, my cousins, my auntie. I was missing them, I was missing that. That was huge for me. I was happy. It's better and better even if I had some bad losses. I put that win on the crowd and my parents."
Monfils feels for Naomi Osaka
Last week, Japanese tennis star Osaka announced she would not be doing press conferences at the French Open. After Osaka won her first round match on Sunday, she did an on court interview but refused to do a press conference.
On Monday, Osaka announced she was withdrawing from the French Open. “I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris," Osaka said.
"I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. "More importantly I would never trivialise mental health or use the term lightly. "The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that."
Monfils feels for Osaka as he underlined that she is "a human being" like everyone else. "It's a tough situation for Osaka. I feel for her. I was struggling myself also. It's very tough. She's a real champion so champions are sometimes dealing with things bigger than us, the good players.
She's young. She can't maybe manage all the pressure "Naomi is still a human being. What's happening is very sad. It's tough to say if she was right or wrong. She was in-beteween. I'm just waiting. I'm curious about what they're gonna change. I feel her quick recovery. We need her to be 100% and back happy."