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"Tennis is tennis": Svitolina touches on new perspective in JetSetter interview
The Ukrainian's 2021 has been full of highlights both on and off the court.
Published Aug 26, 2021
Fresh off picking up a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Elina Svitolina talked about her experience in Japan, her marriage with ATP veteran Gael Monfils and how tennis is just a game with JetSetter.
Representing Ukraine, she came up short in the semifinals against Marketa Vondrousova but slid past Elena Rybakina in three sets to secure a medal for her country. It certainly wasn't easy, as she not only battled top opponents across the net, but also the unrelenting heat. However, arriving five days prior to the start of the event gave her an edge as her body adjusted to the scorching temperatures.
"I got used to the heat, but still tried to train in the afternoon to play in the elements for two hours," Svitolina said to JetSetter.
Svitolina also spoke on how difficult it was mentally to bounce back after her semifinal loss and mentally prepare to compete again. The Ukrainian revealed that she leaned on her psychologist, but more so Gael to put her back into a winning mindset.
"Only my husband knew how much I wanted to win this medal. In addition, as a tennis player, he understands what hell I had to go through," she said.
Before picking up the medal, she got to marry the love of her life in Geneva in front of her family and friends, something she believes gave her a boost of energy to give it all she has on the court. After falling in the early rounds at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, she told JetSetter she was feeling low and the special day gave her the positive energy she needed.
Svitolina's $20,000 wedding was worth every penny.
"Tennis is tennis, but on the other side is life. It does not end with sports," Svitolina expressed.
As far as their honeymoon plans, they will have to wait until after the long tennis season comes to an end in November. The couple plans on visiting Guadeloupe and Martinique, two islands that hold a special meaning for Gael. In addition to Paris, the ATP No. 20 spent a lot of time with his parents on these two islands.
"He always talked about the places where his father worked," she said. "There is a club named after Gael, it is very important for him to introduce me to the culture and show these islands."
Until then the power couple will attempt to finish their highlight-filled year on a strong note. Both are set to appear at the last major of the year in New York next week. Svitolina is also through to the quarterfinals at the Chicago Women's Open and will face Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic on Thursday.