The ASB Classic has signed one of the most entertaining players on ATP tour with confirmation Gaël Monfils will join the Men’s line-up for the 2019 event.
The towering Frenchman is known for his supreme athleticism and showmanship on court, has 7 ATP titles to his name and has been as high as number six in the world rankings (2016). Former world number one Andy Murray has rated Gaël Monfils as the best athlete in tennis.
Monfils previous appearance in Auckland was in 2013 where he treated the fans to one of the most memorable matches of the tournaments history, defeating Tommy Haas in an epic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 match.
“We’re stoked to have Monfils back at the ASB Classic this year, and we’re thrilled that he’s chosen to head to Auckland over defending his title at Doha. He is an absolute showman, an exciting player to watch and we know he’s going to entertain the crowd” said Tournament Director Karl Budge.
“Gaël’s 2013 match against Tommy Haas is one of the most memorable in tournament history, truly epic. It’s become one of those iconic matches that are referred to when people are talking about the ASB Classic. We can’t wait to see him back out on centre court”
The 32-year-old ‘Showman’ is also looking forward to returning to Auckland, and has confirmed his first stop in 2019 will be the City of Sails.
“I’m happy to be returning to Auckland. It’s a beautiful place and I love playing there. The crowd is always very active and I’ve been wanting to come back for a long time, so I’m glad to be able to make it happen” said Monfils.
Currently ranked 30 in the world, the 6’4 giant looks to be returning to his best form this year after winning his 7th ATP title in Doha. He then went on to reach the final of the European Open, two more semi-finals (Argentina, Turkey) and three quarter-finals (Ecuador, Brazil and Austria).
Budge says, there’s no doubt Monfils will be one of the crowd favourites at Tennis Lane.
“Fans flock to see his exciting brand of tennis, he’s so talented and very entertaining. It’s going to be a real treat for our crowd to watch him live”.
With John Isner, Hyeon Chung, Roberto Bautista-Agut, Tomas Berdych and now Gaël Monfils confirmed, the men’s draw is shaping up to be the most entertaining in recent times.