Former World No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka interviewed Frenchman Gael Monfils on Friday as part of her Instagram Live interview series. During the interview, the two spoke about tennis as well as several things outside of the sport.
Monfils said his most memorable match was a 3-6, 6-7(3) loss against former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt at the 2004 Rolex Paris Masters. “It was my first night session in Paris-Bercy. That game was the beginning of everything for me.
100 per cent. I knew I wanted to do that.” When asked about who were the quickest players on the tour, Monfils responded, “I will take De Minaur, Goffin or Schwartzman. They’re lightning on court”. The World No.
9 is also known for his dancing skills and said besides him, Aussie tennis star Nick Kyrgios was also a great dancer. “Nick is not bad! Nick Kyrgios is not bad at all. He’s a bit shy. He can dance. He’s got some moves.
He’s pretty good. I love the dougie. Old school, but I love the dougie. The rhythm is good. The vibes when you lean to the left, lean to the right. I’m on it, I’m definitely on it”. Monfils also revealed another surprising fact about himself – that he can play the piano, although he does not practice it that much anymore.
You can watch the full session between the two below –