Monfils Advances to Paddle Tennis Final

Posted on March 5, 2006

Gael "Force" Monfils, who made a first-round exit this week at The Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas, nonetheless continued to embarrass the entire sport of professional paddle tennis Saturday, defeating Gary Klein 6-2, 6-2 to advance into the finals of the World Paddle Tennis Championships on-site at the ATP tournament.

"(It was) very fun, yes," said the grinning Monfils in halted English. "Today we had great conditions so it was fun to play today."

And the thought of winning his first professional paddle tennis title in his first outing?

"Amazing," Monfils said.

After his ATP semifinal win Saturday over "Dr." Ivo Karlovic, James Blake said, "I want to find out what Monfils is going to do in the finals of the paddle tennis tomorrow."

Other off-court activities Saturday at The Tennis Channel Open included Bobby Black and Clint Holmes singing the National Anthem, and Asian Performances and an Asian Cooking Demo in the Singha Beer Garden.

On tap for Sunday at TTC Open is the women's ITF challenger final, the paddle tennis finals, the Red Bull Moto Cross Exhibition featuring 75-foot jumps, the men's singles final, men's doubles final, and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman presenting the key to the city to Tennis Channel circus manager Steve Bellamy.