Meet Gianni Mina

Runner up at last year’s French Open juniors, Gianni Mina could be mistaken for Gael Monfils’ younger brother.

Gianni Mina:

Gianni Mina

Gael Monfils:

Gael Monfils

But their looks are not the only thing that they have in common: they have similar playing style and were both very successful in juniors.
In 2004, Monfils finished the year as the world’s number 1 junior, winning three of four junior Grand Slam events (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon). Mina reached the finals in Roland Garros, and the semifinals at the US Open in 2009, and won the 18 years old category of the Orange Bowl.

Gianni Mina

Do you know why he got the first name Gianni? Simply because his father was a big fan of italian football player Gianni Riveira.
Mina began practicing judo, swimming and tennis aged five; he came in France aged 11 from Guadeloupe. His idol is Guga Kuerten and his favorite player today is Rafael Nadal.

Ranked 655, he received a wild card to take part to Roland Garros and will meet …. Rafael Nadal today for his first ever Grand Slam match.

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