Monfils Takes Part In Daring Rotterdam Stunt

Frenchman launches ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament

Gael Monfils launched the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in style on Monday as he played his part in a daring stunt in the city of Rotterdam.

The Frenchman, who is seeded fifth at the ATP World Tour 500 indoor hard-court tournament, took to the roof of a hotel to fire balls across the street to suspended stunt “ball kids”, who were dangling in front of a vertical tennis court.

"It was different, it was fun," said Monfils. "It was cool that we tried something new. But they didn't catch the ball, so I'm pretty disappointed! With the wind, it was tough for me to be precise, but I think it's tough for them to catch it. But it was cool. It was a good try."

Monfils was joined in the stunt by Tournament Director Richard Krajicek, who did manage to hit one of the balls into the outstretched hand of the ball kid. "I'm happy I'm on this side of the street, because there was talk that I would be there trying to catch the ball! It was great and a good way to start the tournament."

Monfils opens his campaign on Tuesday evening against qualifier Ernests Gulbis.

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