It was solely final week Elina Svitolina posted a touching message to her heartbroken boyfriend however now the Ukrainian and fellow tennis star Gael Monfils have cut up up.
The pair launched a joint assertion on Instagram confirming they’ve determined to “take a break in our relationship”.
“The choice was extremely troublesome, as a result of we nonetheless have love for one another,” the assertion mentioned. “However it’s simply two finest buddies realising it’s time to take some area and assist one another dwell probably the most joyous, fulfilled lives as attainable.
“We received’t be commenting past this, and we thanks all upfront for respecting our privateness.
“Sending a number of like to everybody.”
Monfils broke down in tears at his press convention after shedding within the first spherical of the Australian Open, misplaced for solutions about easy methods to dig himself out of a kind hunch that has seen him fail to win a match since tennis restarted after the COVID-19 break final yr.
“I wish to get out of this nightmare however I can’t,” an emotional Monfils mentioned after taking place to unseeded Finnish participant Emil Ruusuvouri. “I don’t really feel effectively.”
World No. 5 Svitolina handed on a really public message of assist to Monfils after beating Marie Bouzkova in her first spherical conflict at Melbourne Park, writing “Gael” with a love coronary heart on a digicam lens and blowing him a kiss.
Monfils and Svitolina began courting in early 2019 and have become an everyday on one another’s social media feeds.
The couple was separated throughout quarantine earlier than the Australian Open however nonetheless discovered methods to remain related. Svitolina uploaded a video to TikTok throughout her lodge keep enjoying a recreation of “this or that”, with photos of Monfils loaded onto a laptop computer to assist with proceedings.
“Gael and I’ve already obtained a letter through which it says that we aren’t allowed to see one another throughout this time so as to not increase the group of individuals allowed,” Svitolina mentioned of their quarantine rules.
“It’s be uneasy to know that we’re someplace close to however we could not even come shut to one another.”
The added time aside — mixed with the skilled stresses related to skilled tennis — could have contributed to the pair separating.