Men's Tennis senior Daryl Monfils delivered one of the best VCU Athletics moments of the year when outlasted Richmond's Jacob Dunbar in the deciding match of the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Sunday in Orlando, Florida. Monfils victory sent his teammates into a frenzy and provided the Rams with their first league crown and NCAA since berth since 2013.
That was one heck of an exciting win this weekend.
It was an amazing feeling, honestly. That's the first time I've had this experience since I got to the United States. The first and the second day I lost in three sets, so I was thinking the last day I'm not going to win because I had played bad previously, but with the support of them team and of coach, they just told me to fight, and in the last set I played really good. I'm proud of the win.
You guys had an up-and-down year and entered the A-10 Tournament as the No. 3 seed. How gratifying was it to win the league after everything you guys have been through this year?
For us it was really important, I think, because I don't think coach expected us to win because we didn't play that good this year and we were the No. 3 seed. But we battled out there, and it was a really good emotion for us to live together as a team.
Favorite place to eat in Richmond: Christian's Pizza
Age you started playing tennis: 3 years old
Favorite tennis player: My brother, Gael Monfils
Favorite movie: Rush Hour
Thing you miss about France: Breakfast with all the French bakeries, croissants.
Favorite TV show: Game of Thrones
Best Grand Slam tennis event: French Open
Monfils and the Rams will take on 12th-ranked North Carolina on Friday, May 12 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C. Monfils is set to graduate this spring and aims to attend graduate school.