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Tennis stars Elina Svitolina and Gael Monfils announce engagement

April 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 04: Gael Monfils (L) and Elina Svitolina attend the Citi Taste Of Tennis Indian Wells on March 04, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for AYS Sports Marketing)

It's official! Elina Svitolina and Gael Monfils are engaged after the tennis power couple announced the news on social media.

Elina Svitolina and Gael Monfils are engaged after the tennis power couple announced the news on social media.

World No. 5 Svitolina and world No. 14 Monfils have been dating since 2018, according to WTAtennis. com.

"To the beginning of our forever," said the couple on their joint g. e. m. s. life Instagram account.

The account's acronym is for the couple's combined initials: Gael Elina Monfils Svitolina.

The engagement follows the couple's announcement in February that they were taking a break from their relationship, saying in a joint statement both just needed "some space. "

"The decision was incredibly difficult, because we still have love for each other," said the couple in the statement, which their shared on their Instagram stories.

Previously the 26-year-old Svitolina, who was born in Odessa, Ukraine, has spoken about how the couple's relationship has helped her tennis game.

This really changed, I think, for the past, I don't know, nine, 10 months," added Svitolina, who has won 15 WTA titles and over $20 million in prize money during her career.

"I just always love the way that he pushes me to be better, and I also try to motivate him to be a better person, a better tennis player.

I think this is the way that it has to be, and you have to really support each other and push for better results. "

However, as with any relationship there are ups and downs, as Svitolina humorously pointed out in a video posted from Miami, where she says "everyone thinks dating an athlete is fun," before pointing out that they are "never home,`" always "hungry" and "tired" and suffer "mood swings. "

"I admire what she's doing, how she works, the mentality she has," Monfils said of Svitolina in 2019, according to WTAtennis. com.

"For myself, I'm serious on my way, which is a normal way.

At the end we try to be at the top with different ways, different culture.

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