“This Is Filthy”: Nick Kyrgios Floored by Gael Monfils’ Tweener at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/29/2021, 8:02 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot against Robin Haase of Netherlands during their Men’s Singles second round match on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)


Over the years, Nick Kyrgios has attracted fans with some incredible unorthodox shots. The Australian is credited with bringing the underarm serve into prominence, which often catches his opponents by surprise.

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Today, the official account of the ATP Tour uploaded a video of French tennis star, Gael Monfils, playing an extraordinary volley between the legs during his first-round match at the ongoing Wimbledon Championships.

Nick Kyrgios applauds Monfils

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During the third game of the second set, the Frenchman, known for his athleticism and court coverage, served to his opponent’s, Christopher O’Connell, backhand and then subsequently raced to the net to hit an incredible tweener to seal the point.

After watching Monfils’ typical antics, Kyrgios commented on the post to appreciate the jaw-dropping skills of the No.13 seed.

“This is filthy,” wrote Kyrgios. The spectacle was a testament to Monfils showmanship and high-risk shot-making, for which he has garnered a reputation since his career’s beginning.

At 6-6 in the third set, the Monfils-Christopher match got suspended because of darkness and would resume today. On the other hand, Kyrgios would face-off against the Halle Open winner, Ugo Humbert, in his first-round match at the All England Club.

After his third-round defeat at the 2021 Australian Open, Kyrgios hasn’t played a single tournament. Since his debut at Wimbledon in 2014, Kyrgios hasn’t gone beyond the quarterfinal stage, a grim streak he would hope to overturn.

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Australia’s Nick Kyrgios celebrates a point against Netherland’s Robin Haase in their men’s singles second round match on the fourth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 5, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Possessing a big-server and a blasting forehand, Kyrgios game is even more lethal on grass, owing to the fast nature of the surface. However, Humbert presents a formidable challenge to the Aussie, having beaten the likes of Sam Querrey, Alexander Zverev, and Andrey Rublev en route to his title win at Halle.

Interestingly, Kyrgios would also compete for mixed doubles title alongside his partner, Venus Williams. Expressing his excitement on the social-microblogging side, Kyrgios tweeted Let’s go partner @Venuseswilliams.”

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The doubles team of Kyrgios-Williams is surely going to produce fireworks. Watch out for their dream team!

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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