The No. 23 seed Frenchman was playing in front of his home fans against unheralded Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in a second-round match on Court Suzanne Lenglen. With the match well in hand in the third set, Monfils found himself on the defensive end of a point against Struff.
Then this happened:
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Unfortunately, as you can see, he did not successfully pull off the circus shot. Still, A for effort.
If the replay doesn’t do enough to make you appreciate the try, here’s a screen grab of Monfils completely parallel to the ground, forever frozen in time:
Translation: "Gael, you’re a very sick man." Indeed.
Monfils finished off Struff 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the third round and, theatrics aside, is looking like a potential sleeper at his home-country Slam. His best-ever showing at Roland Garros was a semifinal bid in 2008.