When one thinks about trick shots, athletic returns & audacious attempts, the image of the Frenchman currently ranked 12th in the world is certain to hit you. For Gael Monfils is one of, if not the, most entertaining players on the tour.
Monfils is predictably unpredictable and thrills his fans with wacky shots and ‘out-of-his-head’ manoeuvres. Though he has not progressed past a semifinal in a Grand Slam, Monfils often draws huge crowds who know for certain they might see something extraordinary.
Monfils also has contagious enthusiasm and passion for the game. As for his ability to hit scarcely believable shots, he puts it down his superior athletic ability gained by playing various other sports during his youth.
Recently he made headlines when he broke a match clock during his first round game in the ongoing US Open. Hardly, surprising!
Let's take a look at some of the weirdest shots Monfils has pulled off in his career.
#5 Gael’s ‘indifferent’ point
(Video Courtesy: ATP Youtube Channel)
The stage was the Masters 1000 event at Monte Carlo and Monfils was playing Alexander Dolgopolov in the 2nd round. Having won the 1st set, Monfils was cruising and decided to bring his flashy game to the fore.
Monfils mishit a drop shot, allowing Dolgopolov to advance to the net with only a routine forehand winner required to seal the point. As the Ukrainian shaped up for the winner, Monfils turned his back on him and walked away as though he gave up.
A surprised Dolgopolov gave away the direction of his shot early, allowing the sneaky Monfils to suddenly race across and hit a pass. ‘I’m sneaky, you know’, he said after the match.