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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Players stunned by 'most bizarre' ace of 2019


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American tennis player Reilly Opelka is renowned as one of the biggest servers in the game, but he dished up what is surely the slowest ace of his career as wild winds caused a bizarre moment in a second round match at the Estoril Open in Portugal.

Serving at 6-3, 2-5 against third seed Gael Monfils, Opelka was battling wind gusts that were playing havoc with the match, content simply to get the ball in play.

But as he served, the wind picked up again, taking the ball totally out of reach of Monfils, who could do nothing but laugh at the ridiculous situation.

“That was incredible,” the commentator said.

“The wind blew that ball away from Gael Monfils. A massive gust of wind. Monfils sees the funny side.

“There wasn’t much pace on that ball, plenty of slice, but it just blew it completely away from Monfils.”

Monfils was so desperate to get a racquet on the serve he reached with his non-preferred left hand, but was simply unable to reach the ball, as the line judges and ballkids turned to shelter from the extreme winds.

The ATP website called it the "most bizarre ace of 2019."

Both players laughed off the freakish incident, with Monfils giving Opelka a thumbs up. It didn’t hurt him either, Monfils reeling off seven straight games to record a 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory and advance to a meeting with 19-year-old Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

The news wasn’t so good for the last remaining Australian in the draw, with John Millman forced to retire after dropping the first set to world No. 214 Joao Domingues.

Millman called for the trainer at the end of the first set for an issue with his left foot.

Domingues, who defeated Alex de Minaur in the first round, is through to the quarter finals of an ATP event for the first time in his career, where he’ll play top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

American tennis player Reilly Opelka is renowned as one of the biggest servers in the game, but he dished up what is surely the slowest ace of his career as wild winds caused a bizarre moment in a second round match at the Estoril Open in Portugal.

Serving at 6-3, 2-5 against third seed Gael Monfils, Opelka was battling wind gusts that were playing havoc with the match, content simply to get the ball in play.

But as he served, the wind picked up again, taking the ball totally out of reach of Monfils, who could do nothing but laugh at the ridiculous situation.

“That was incredible,” the commentator said.

“The wind blew that ball away from Gael Monfils. A massive gust of wind. Monfils sees the funny side.

“There wasn’t much pace on that ball, plenty of slice, but it just blew it completely away from Monfils.”

Monfils was so desperate to get a racquet on the serve he reached with his non-preferred left hand, but was simply unable to reach the ball, as the line judges and ballkids turned to shelter from the extreme winds.

The ATP website called it the "most bizarre ace of 2019."

Both players laughed off the freakish incident, with Monfils giving Opelka a thumbs up. It didn’t hurt him either, Monfils reeling off seven straight games to record a 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory and advance to a meeting with 19-year-old Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

The news wasn’t so good for the last remaining Australian in the draw, with John Millman forced to retire after dropping the first set to world No. 214 Joao Domingues.

Millman called for the trainer at the end of the first set for an issue with his left foot.

Domingues, who defeated Alex de Minaur in the first round, is through to the quarter finals of an ATP event for the first time in his career, where he’ll play top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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