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Watch: Monfils takes video of crowd doing wave, giggles with Gulbis

Thursday, May 30, 2013 /by

Gael Monfils has regaled the 2013 French Open crowd with compelling, dramatic performances so far at Roland Garros. First he topped No. 6 Tomas Berdych in the first round in a scintillating five-set bout, and he followed that up with a four-set defeat of Ernests Gulbis. At one point, whilst Gulbis was away taking a bathroom break, Monfils whiled away the time by winding his arm around his head—not difficult for a limber, spindly guy such as him—and filming the crowd, decidedly in his favor, as it performed the Wave in the stadium. See the scene here:

Here's more on Monfils' clip, including his ask of the chair umpire if it was permissible and Gulbis' own reaction. The two hard-fighting, emotional pros are hardly on poor terms, enjoying a laugh at the conclusion of one changeover. Gulbis expressed after the match that he is, more or less, a Monfils fan.

What do you think of Monfils' theatrics so far at this French Open? Can he make a deep run?

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