Monfils pulls off trick shot, then loses

It’s good to have Gael Monfils healthy again.

The vibrant French tennis star, known for his on-court antics,
was at it again Friday at the Gerry Weber Open, giving this trick
shot a try in his match against Tommy Haas:

We would call the gratuitous display showboating, but as you can
see, Monfils lost the point. And the match, in three sets.

Monfils, once a top 10 player, battled injuries at the end of
2012 and has slipped to No. 67 in the world.

Why the casual air? Well, the Gerry Weber Open is a tune-up in
the short grass-court season for Wimbledon, which starts June 24.
But Monfils pulled out of Wimbledon on Wednesday,
citing
mysterious personal reasons
, probably reducing the incentive to
refine his game on the surface.

The best highlight from Friday’s action, though, was probably
Roger Federer’s
rare
double-bagel win
.

This sort of thing is old hat for Monfils, seen here defying
traditional technique in a trick shot at the 2010 US Open in a
match against Novak Djokovic:

(Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images)