After a string of setbacks in the form of injuries and poor performance, Monfils showed the world he still has some fight left in him by achieving a new career milestone.

Monfils: France’s all-time leader in hardcourt wins

Monfils has now achieved a total of 356 hardcourt victories, cementing his status as France’s all-time leader in hardcourt wins.

The Tennis Letter on X shared the exciting news, writing, “He passes Richard Gasquet (355) for the most hardcourt wins of any Frenchman in the Open Era. Another incredible achievement.”

Stockholm Open Victory

It was in the 16th round of the Stockholm Open that Monfils finally reached this milestone.

He was up against Austrian player Filip Misolic. And Monfils, being back to his dominant best, served 11 aces and cruised to a straight set victory against the World No. 181 with 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals.

By defeating Misolic at the ATP 250, Monfils easily overcame the four Frenchmen with the most victories on hard courts throughout history, namely Richard Gasquet with 355, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with 317, Gilles Simon with 301, and Fabrice Santoro with 246.

Monfils’ previous hardships

Monfils was nearing the summit of the ATP rankings, reaching as high as No. 6 in 2016, when losses and injuries interfered.

Monfils’ year in 2022 was full of ups and downs; he had an early exit in the Madrid Masters and had to have surgery on his heel, which meant he couldn’t play in the French Open or the whole grass-court season. He also had a foot injury while playing Jack Draper at the Canadian Open.

During that time, Monfils was seen writhing in agony as he cried into his knee. Many people expressed their sympathy for the tennis aficionado at the moment for sustaining yet another injury after just coming back from a lengthy absence.

In May of 2023, his rankings dropped to as low as 394th. Fortunately, his performance during the hard court swing has enabled him to rise to 211th in the world rankings.

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In one interview, Monfils said that his ranking meant little to him, saying, “The thing is, of course, a lot of people mind the ranking in the absolute. I feel like it’s different for me. It’s getting to the end of my career. Of course, 200, whatever I am. In the well-est year, I was 15. Doesn’t really matter my ranking. It’s more about if physically I’m able to play weeks after weeks,” as per tennisuptodate.

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