An umpire used to be compelled to intrude when a French tennis participant requested a ball child to peel his banana.
Elliot Benchetrit used to be scolded via John Blom after the bizarre request all the way through qualifying at Melbourne Park.
In defence of the sector quantity 229, his fingers had been taped and thus peeling the banana used to be no longer the very best of duties.
However it obviously fell outdoor the nation-states of the ball child’s duties.
Benchetrit faces Japan’s Yuichi Sugita on Tuesday, after he received thru to the primary spherical.
Let’s hope he prepares his bananas prematurely.
FRENCH STAR’S BIZARRE HAND INJURY
Gael Monfils is nursing a swollen hand after he lashed out in frustration whilst enjoying a pc sport — however does no longer be expecting the atypical harm to impede his Australian Open.
The 10th seed from France, who faces Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun in his Melbourne opener on Tuesday, suffered the harm in a have compatibility of pique remaining month.
The 33-year-old performed within the ATP Cup firstly of the yr however informed newshounds on Sunday that his hand continues to be no longer moderately proper and he can’t volley up to he would love.
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“I used to be enjoying a online game in my bed room and I hit my proper hand in opposition to the headboard (of the mattress),” Monfils mentioned.
“The actual remedy could be leisure, however since I will be able to’t, I’ve taken anti inflammatory medicine and put ice on it.
“However it’s getting higher, it’s beautiful sure, despite the fact that some days after large periods I’ve to take day after today off to get better.”
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SERENA’S FRESH DANCE MOVES
If Serena Williams’ dance strikes are anything else to move via, the 38-year-old celebrity used to be feeling very comfortable at the eve of this yr’s Australian Open.
Taking to the court docket for her ultimate apply consultation ahead of she meets Anastasia Potapova on Monday, Williams reduce a playful determine, busting out some shimmies and pirouettes whilst her trainer Patrick Mouratoglou struck the ball with depth.
“Running at the remaining main points ahead of the first spherical of the AO,” Mouratoglou posted on Twitter.