Five Minutes With... Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina

Five Minutes With... Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina

From eating adventures to courtside kisses to—playful—hatchet wielding, the G.E.M.S. Life couple is a must-follow on Instagram for fans of both tennis and pure fun.

"We're not perfect. We make mistakes. And we’ll make more mistakes. And that’s OK."

This is the principle established by G.E.M.S. Life, an Instagram account shared by Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina. The tennis power couple launched the collective enterprise in January 2019—their own unique approach of going public with their relationship. After a brief deactivation period, G.E.M.S. Life resurfaced last June, when Monfils uploaded a selfie video. 

“Did you see they’re back?”, inquired the Frenchman. 

“Who?”, Svitolina chimes in off-camera.



“Yeaaaah!” yowled Monfils.

The social media profile, which boasts more than 112,000 followers, gives an inside look at life (and downtime) on the road, while showcasing the charming juxtaposition of these two passionate personalities. It’s a match akin to two puzzle pieces—the duo’s trademark emoji caption closing.

Svitolina and Monfils

Using just three words, describe what makes your G.E.M.S. Life partner exceptional.

GM: Fun, kind and special.

ES: Funny, energized (all the time) and generous.

What would you say is your worst habit?

GM: Well, I’m never on time. It’s an easy answer! 

ES: Probably throwing the clothes everywhere.

You can only eat one meal for the rest of your life… what is it?

GM: A simple one, spaghetti. Basic.

ES: It would be borscht, the Ukrainian soup.

Do you find that you are more of a planner or free spirit? 

GM: Free spirit (laughter).

ES: I’m a planner, for sure.

If you traded places for one day, who would find it more difficult?

GM: Good one. I think we [would] both struggle, because she’s way too serious for me. And I’m way too laid back for her.

ES: He would definitely have an easier time!