ATP Ranking: 109
Gael Monfils needed a wild card to reach the main draw, having played little tennis in the second half of 2012 as injuries accumulated. Early in 2013, he continued to struggle with staying healthy for more than a few weeks at a time.
Why He's Intriguing
A nine-match winning streak over the last two weeks ended with Monfils hoisting the runner-up trophy in Nice on Sunday, his first clay final since 2010. He also reached the Roland Garros semifinals in 2008, despite not ranking among the highest seeds.
Best Asset: Home-court advantage
"La Monf" usually embraces the experience of playing before one of the world's most demanding fanbases.
Beyond that Roland Garros semifinal, Monfils has won three of his five titles on home soil and reached two finals at the Paris Indoors, the most prestigious non-major in France. Defeating Federer in one appearance there, he has defeated Ferrer at Roland Garros.
Biggest Weakness: Showmanship
It's riveting to watch Monfils display his athletic explosiveness, until he attempts a needlessly risky shot on a key point. Those antics show his tendency to prefer style over substance, a flaw common among Frenchmen.
There's no harm done against ordinary journeymen, but elite opponents are too stingy for Monfils to throw away points for the sake of thrilling the crowd.
French Outlook: Murky
Winning a tournament the week before a major rarely bodes well for success at that major, and his brittle health heightens that concern. Monfils faces a stern opening test against the sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych, which leaves him no margin for error.