Elina Svitolina may have changed the surname field on her social media profiles after marrying Gaël Monfils, but that’s all for now says the world No. 6.
Going into her first match at the Tokyo Olympics, there was a bit of confusion when a handful of unofficial livescoring websites updated Svitolina to Monfils. The Ukrainian has since clarified she has no intent of making the switch at her current day job.
“I am going to play as Svitolina till the very end of my professional career and will change it only after retirement,” she was quoted by the website BTU. “I had numerous achievements and people know me as Svitolina.”
One reason? Family pride, according to the 26-year-old.
“My father would be upset if I changed the surname and played as Monfils,” laughed the 2018 WTA Finals champion. “I am proud to be Svitolina and my tennis career will always be connected with this surname.”