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Gael Monfils and Grigor Dimitrov Share Awkward Post-Match Kiss (Video)

Gael Monfils beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the U.S. Open Monday night. It was a rugged contest for Monfils who struggled through a knee injury to win the match. While the match had plenty of excitement, it was afterwards when the real magical moment occurred.

Dimitrov, who is from Bulgaria, decided to go in for a traditional European-style post-match kiss. Monfils was clearly caught off guard and the result was some extreme awkwardness.

Let this serve as a reminder to Dimitrov: if you’re going to kiss on camera, make sure it’s natural like this one, or better yet, this.

Video Credit: YouTube user afennell59

Stanislas Wawrinka and Gael Monfils Pose for Twitter Picture Prior to Match

Less than an hour before facing off for their match at the Australian Open, Stanislas Wawrinka tweeted this locker room picture of himself with opponent Gael Monfils:

Monfils and Wawrinka are twitter buddies, have practiced together, and have done charity work together. They’ve faced each other three times with Monfils leading 2-1 after winning the two most recent matches, and unfortunately the two highly-seeded players were forced to meet in the third round.

There is little doubt that the two men are fond of each other, and little doubt that they were working their butts off to win the match. But I’m sorry, there’s still something about posing for such a friendly picture in the locker room so close to match time that leaves me feeling uncomfortable. After all, being that close to go time turns a friend into an enemy. Maybe for them the feeling doesn’t change until they’re officially on the court. One thing we do know for certain is that Roger Goodell would not approve of tweeting so close to match-time.