Elina Svitolina has put romance on the back burner, with the weekend start of the Tokyo Olympic tournament ruling out an immediate honeymoon after marrying Gael Monfils.

The high-profile tennis pair tied the knot barely a week ago in Geneva but have shelved any holiday plans until the late autumn when tennis seasons wrap up.

Sixth-ranked Svitolina lasted only to the second round at Wimbledon but has higher hopes for the Games event at Tokyo’s Ariake Colosseum as she plays for Ukraine in singles and doubles.

Monfils is doing the same for his native France.

“We are used to having so many competitions in a year so there is no time for resting,” Svitolina told the ITF website. 

“Now it’s time to focus on tennis, and the Olympics of course. It’s very special for any athlete to be here. The honeymoon is planned for November!”

Despite overriding COVID fears, the 26-year-old is happy to be onsite at the games which were delayed by a year and will have no spectators with virus cases not at all under control in Japan.

“It’s unbelievable to be fair,” Svito said. “So many exciting events in my life. Now it’s so nice to be at the Olympics.

“It was unbelievable to have a wedding and right now, with the COVID restrictions, it was unbelievable to have two families join together. We had an amazing time.

“But now we are here. We have to prepare and hopefully play well here in Tokyo.”    


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