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GAEL MON­FILS was a pain in the grass for the BBC and Wim­ble­don.

In the last fort­night, the French­man had reached the East­bourne fi­nal and equalled his SW19 best by get­ting to round three.

So the Beeb would have been for­given for think­ing they were on safe ground, ask­ing him if he was now tak­ing a lik­ing to the sur­face, hav­ing pre­vi­ously groaned about it. A bit of pos­i­tive pub­lic­ity would have been wel­come too, with Wim­ble­don com­ing un­der fire for the state of their courts this year.

But 30-year-old Mon­fils (above) didn’t read the script and said: “I’m not a big fan.

“As soon as I drop the fo­cus on my move­ment, I slip 100 per cent.

“I think it’s not very en­joy­able for me to move on grass and play, be­cause I’m think­ing too much.”

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