Monegasque tennis player Hugo Nys caused a sensation during a men’s doubles game during the Australian Open this week when he returned the ball by letting go of his racket, which connected with the ball to good effect.

On Saturday morning he and his Polish partner Jan Zielinski will fight it out in the doubles final against Australians Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata.

Hugo said this week: ‘”Tennis is a family story. My father was a tennis teacher, and my grandfather played Grand Slams in the 1950s. When I was 20, I went down to the South near Sophia Antipolis. Three years later later, I was in Monaco. I made a small place for myself there and I found the project brilliant. Now I proudly represent the Principality. In singles, I have never been beyond 200th place. In doubles, you have to be in the 70s, 80s to be able to live from it. Since I entered the top 100, I have enjoyed myself, I have been playing Grand Slams, I have goals, ambition, money is coming into my account. It’s not a default choice. I’ve always loved doubles. It’s also a passion. Every morning, I get up to play tennis since I was four years old. It’s my life.”

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