Q. I'm gonna ask
a couple questions in English if that's all right.
GÄEL MONFILS: Okay.
Q. Not even focused on your match, if that's also
GÄEL MONFILS: That's okay.
Q. Your thoughts and observations of what's gone on
with your national team in the World Cup.
GÄEL MONFILS: I mean, yeah, for sure it's a bit strange.
But actually we are sad of this, but how I can say? You
know, I'm like a player. I'm support still my team. I'm
still behind my team even.
Maybe some people think they made mistake or doing stuff
wrong, but I will always be behind them because I think
it's tough moment for them for sure.
But we never know. We still have one match. The magic can
happen. I know it's kind of hard, and even close on
impossible, but I'm still behind my boys, I will say. I
will cheer for them for sure on Tuesday.
Q. What you do you make of the controversy, of the
turmoil with the team, the coach, and the government
GÄEL MONFILS: Yeah, this is a bit massive. I think it's
massive. But, you know, about that, I don't think I'm
qualified to speak about it.
But my thought is just, you know, I'm behind like the
French team. It's still our team and we still have a
little chance to qualify. So I will still cheer for them.
Q. When you first heard that this has happened with
the boycott of a workout, what were your immediate
GÄEL MONFILS: Well, I just said, Maybe something
happened big. You know, maybe I think -- I will say the
biggest mistake for me is like the press get involved too
much maybe. You know, they try to -- I know it's a big
story, but they make this like too big, I think.
So this is wrong for our team, I think. Yes, maybe some
stuff is not very clear or not very good. But still I
think like the captain say, like Patrice Evra say, If
they have some problem, we have to keep it on the team.
Not let the press involved like this, because then it's
like a bit messy.
I think it's sport. But like I said, they still have a
chance to qualify, even to make like France a bit better,
I will say. So I really hope they will take it and they
will make us very proud of our country.
Q. One last thing, and that is: What struck you about
the government getting involved? You mentioned the press.
What did you think when you heard the government got
GÄEL MONFILS: I just heard today, so I don't even know
what they say. Maybe tomorrow I will be more able to tell
you. Just I don't know.