12 Feb - 11:51


Spectacular Gael Monfils

French player is one of the most popular on the ATP Tour

One of the most spectacular tennis players of all time is the latest name revealed for the ATP tennis event in Portugal: Gael Monfils becomes the fifth name announced for the 2019 edition of the Millennium Estoril Open – to be held at the Clube de Ténis do Estoril, between April 27 and May 5, under the organization of 3LOVE.

The charismatic French joins world number five Kevin Anderson, young stars Stefanos Tsitsipas ('Most Improved Player' of 2018 and semifinalist at the last Australian Open) and Alex de Minaur ('Newcomer of The Year' in 2018 and champion in Sydney this year) and title holder João Sousa in the pre-announced alignment of stars; the final list of players will be known after the entry deadline, on March 19.

"I can’t wait to play for the first time in the new Estoril tournament. Several of my colleagues gave me the best references, highlighting the very friendly and professional organization, an exceptional hotel in Cascais and the excellent gastronomy. I hope that my Portuguese fans and the French community based in Portugal can come and see me play and I will try to live up to their expectations," Gael Monfils said in a message to the organization.

João Zilhão, director of the Millennium Estoril Open, was thrilled with the announcement: "It is with great pleasure that we announce the presence of one of the most fascinating tennis players in the history of the sport. We had been wishing for a long time to have the participation of Gael Monfils, with his charismatic personality and acrobatic tennis, which is sure to delight not only the general public but the younger aficionados in particular. The Gael Monfils is one of the most popular tennis players on the circuit and will surely offer us unforgettable moments at the Estoril Tennis Club."