Defending Champion Monfils Returns To Rotterdam

Gael Monfils (photo: ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament)

ROTTERDAM, January 25, 2021 (Press Release)

Gael Monfils is chasing a unique record in Rotterdam Ahoy. Should he win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament again in March, he will be the first player in the tournament’s 48-year history to achieve this feat three times in a row. It will be the goal of his tenth participation in the tournament, which will be held from 1 to 7 March.

Tournament Director Richard Krajicek: “The ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament brings out the best in Monfils. When I see him play in Rotterdam, he always seems more spectacular than elsewhere. This superb athlete has proven to be unbeatable for the past two years, in 2020 he even won the tournament without losing a set. He is definitely one of the favourites for the title.”

Monfils chases a record in Rotterdam

Monfils is very successful at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. In addition to his two titles in 2019 and 2020, he also reached the final in 2016. By reaching three finals in nine participations, he is one of the most successful players in Rotterdam. His second title in 2020 already placed him in a distinct group with Ashe, Connors, Edberg, Krajicek, Escudé and Söderling. If he wins the title again in 2021, he will match the record set by Roger Federer (champion in 2005, 2012 and 2018).

Strong line-up

Monfils faces strong opposition in his title bid. Earlier it was announced that Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner, among others, can be seen in March during the 48th ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. Entry for the tournament closes on February 1.

Live all week

This year, the tournament can be followed in its entirety by everyone in the Netherlands on the new channel Ziggo Sport Tennis, which starts simultaneously with the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Richard Krajicek: “The launch of Ziggo Sport Tennis comes at just the right time. We do not yet know whether and how many spectators we can welcome in Ahoy, but it is certain that most tennis fans will not be able to attend. It is therefore great that Ziggo Sport gives these people the opportunity to follow our tournament in its entirety via the new tennis channel and that in this way they can see players such as Rafael Nadal and Gaël Monfils in action.”