No racquet, no problem: French tennis players switch to football mid-match

No racquet, no problem: French tennis players switch to football mid-match
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Football game breaks out mid-point in tennis match between Benoit Paire and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Video: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Benoit Paire hone their soccer skills mid-tennis match  Two French tennis players have emulated their fellow countrymen and women by having an impromptu football match mid-point during a tennis match in Germany  Benoit Paire and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga delighted the crowd with the foot tennis exhibition at the Halle Tournament after Paire’s racquet slipped from his hand during a serve in the second set  Not content to let Tsonga’s return shot pass him unchallenged, world number 28 Paire volleyed the ball back over the net, sparking the football-inspired exchange  With the Women’s World Cup in full swing in their homeland and the men’s team reigning world champions, both players seemed keen to show off their own skills, volleying and using their chests to control the ball External Link: Tennis TV tweet: French flair    The brief game ended when Paire attempted an audacious scissor kick but slipped on the grass surface, to rapturous applause from the capacity crowd  Paire, 30, had previously been warned for throwing his racquet in the first set, but there was no such warning following his footballing display  The tennis match mirrored the foot volley exchange in that Tsonga, the world number 77, went on to beat his fellow countryman, 6-4, 7-5  His reward will be facing Roger Federer in the round of 16. Federer, who beat Australia’s John Millman 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 in 1 hour 17 minutes, is looking for a record-extending tenth Halle title  The Swiss maestro, 37, has 18 grass-court titles to his name, also a record. The last time Tsonga played Federer on grass, the Frenchman came out on top in the five-set epic at Wimbledon in 2011 Photo: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has a career high of five in the world.

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