French tennis player Gael Monfils narrowly avoided serious injury during his opening round match of the US Open after a falling clock nearly crushed his foot.
The incident happened when number-10 seed Monfils ran towards the back of the court attempting to return a shot from opponent Gilles Muller.
The Frenchman overshot his run, crashing into an electronic clock, and was seen almost jumping up against it to reach the flying ball.
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The clock fell from the hoarding holding it aloft and narrowly missed the 29-year-old's foot before crumbling on the ground.
Monfils was able to jump out of the way and avoid what could have been a serious injury that would have been one of the strangest ever obtained during a tennis match.
Officials at Flushing Meadows worked quickly to fix the clock, and Monfils went on to win the match against Luxembourg’s Muller in straight sets, 6-4 6-2 7-6, with the match finishing exactly 30 minutes after the clock incident.
The 29-year-old advanced to the second round of the US Open, and will be hoping to reach the latter stages of the competition.
He has only ever reached one other Grand Slam semi-final, eight years ago at Roland Garros in 2008.
You can see the incident in the below video.
Monfils has recently recovered from a serious back injury and another scare in the opening days of the American tournament would have been the last thing he wanted.
He has little time to prepare before the second round of matches that continue later this week in New York.
Monfils will face Czech Republican Jan Satral in the next round, which takes place tomorrow.
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