Playing tennis on either hard surface or water – it’s all the same to them. Marc Polmans and Benoît Paire are equally good and can have fun on either of those “courts”. On Monday, the Australian and the Frenchman paired up with their friends and had a face off on Triglav’s SUP court, trying to win a point at the same time as keeping their balance on the paddle boards and entertaining the spectators watching them from the Social Arena.
Paire did not hold back, which meant that he frequently went under, and even Polmans, one of the players involved in the Next Gen, ATP’s latest project for young players, wasn’t any less enthusiastic.
After astonishing the spectators with his acrobatic feats and impressive dance skills during Saturday’s exhibition, Gaël Monfils was the star of the day at the Social Arena. World no. 13 played mini table tennis with his fans, and to spice up the match, he replaced his racket with his mobile phone. Despite the miniature table and the improvised “racket”, the Frenchman unsurprisingly won.