At least they can score a backup gig. A video posted to Twitter shows two tennis players displaying some seriously impressive soccer skills midway through a Wimbledon warm-up match in Halle, Germany. The cross-sports spectacular unfolded during the second round of the Noventi Open in an all-French affair between Benoit Paire and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. At 1-1 in the second set, Paire hits his serve over the net, dropping his racket in the process. After Tsonga returns the ball — and wins the point — Paire playfully kicks it to his compatriot. Tsonga follows suit and juggles the ball a few times before lobbing it back to this opponent. Amid oohs and aahs from the crowd, the exchange ends when Paire goes for an athletic scissor kick — leaving him flopping on the grass and out of position. “Great spontaneity, and the crowd absolutely loving it!” the commentator says in the video, laughing. “Tsonga won the point in the match and the point of the footing.” On top of his style points, Tsonga later closed out the match, prevailing 6-4, 7-5. He next plays 8-time Wimbledon champion and world No. 3 Roger Federer. The pair have met 17 times before, with Federer leading the all-time series 11-6.

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Dennis Veasley

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