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,

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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

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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:

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