August 12, 2011
No racquet? No problem.
In the middle of a point Thursday night against Viktor Troicki, seventh-ranked Gael Monfils lost the handle on his racquet, leaving him empty-handed for the remainder of the point. A lesser (show)man might have given up there and waited for the inevitable winner from his opponent. Not M. Monfils:
By continuing with the point, Monfils closed off the left side of the court for Troicki and forced him to hit a slightly-more difficult volley to the right. Granted, it was a low percentage play. Not as low as giving up though.
Monfils went on to win the match in a third-set tiebreaker, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.