It is never easy when talking about Gael Monfils. The 26-year-old Frenchman is a showman by nature, but sometimes that gets in the way of him simply playing good tennis and winning conventional points.
Case and point, his quarterfinal match on Friday at the Gerry Weber Open. Monfils was up a set on Tommy Haas and had an easy lob to take a 30-15 lead in the game when Monfils did something only Monfils would do.
Instead of just slamming the lob and taking the easy point, he did something that we've never seen before in tennis; let the ball bounce between his legs, spinning around and then hitting the slam.
The antics were impressive, but unnecessary, and Monfils ended up not only losing an easy point he should have won, but the match to Haas 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3.
Monfils already said he wouldn't be at Wimbledon because of some personal issues, but it's moments like this that make you both amazed and confused at what Monfils is really trying to do with his tennis. There is a difference between the NBA and the Harlem Globetrotters and it's moments like this one that make you think Monfils would be mighty happy carrying around a bucket of confetti in his tennis bag.