An umpire was forced to intervene when a French tennis player asked a ball kid to peel his banana.

Elliot Benchetrit was scolded by John Blom after the strange request during qualifying at Melbourne Park.

In defence of the world number 229, his hands were taped and thus peeling the banana was not the easiest of tasks.

But it clearly fell outside the realms of the ball kid’s responsibilities.

Benchetrit faces Japan’s Yuichi Sugita on Tuesday, after he won through to the main round.

Let’s hope he prepares his bananas in advance.

FRENCH STAR’S BIZARRE HAND INJURY

Gael Monfils is nursing a swollen hand after he lashed out in frustration while playing a computer game — but does not expect the bizarre injury to hamper his Australian Open.

The 10th seed from France, who faces Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun in his Melbourne opener on Tuesday, suffered the injury in a fit of pique last month.

The 33-year-old played in the ATP Cup at the start of the year but told reporters on Sunday that his hand is still not quite right and he cannot volley as much as he would like.

Gael Monfils. Photo: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

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“I was playing a video game in my bedroom and I hit my right hand against the headboard (of the bed),” Monfils said.

“The real treatment would be rest, but since I can’t, I have taken anti-inflammatory drugs and put ice on it.

“But it’s getting better, it’s pretty positive, even if some days after big sessions I have to take the next day off to recover.”

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SERENA’S FRESH DANCE MOVES

If Serena Williams’ dance moves are anything to go by, the 38-year-old superstar was feeling very relaxed on the eve of this year’s Australian Open.

Taking to the court for her final practice session before she meets Anastasia Potapova on Monday, Williams cut a playful figure, busting out some shimmies and pirouettes while her coach Patrick Mouratoglou struck the ball with intensity.

“Working on the last details before the 1st round of the AO,” Mouratoglou posted on Twitter.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN DAY 1 ORDER OF PLAY

All courts begin play at 11am EDT unless otherwise listed

Rod Laver Arena

Day session

Naomi Osaka (JPN) [3] vs. Marie Bouzkova (CZE)

Anastasia Potapova (RUS) vs. Serena Williams (USA) [8]

Steve Johnson (USA) vs. Roger Federer (SUI) [3]

Night session (from 7pm)

Ash Barty (AUS) [1] vs. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) vs. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]

Show Court 1

Day session

Denis Shapovalov (CAN) [13] vs. Marton Fucsovics (HUN)

Katerina Siniakova (CZE) vs. Petra Kvitova (CZE) [7]

Venus Williams (USA) vs. Coco Gauff (USA)

Night session (from 7pm)

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) [6] vs. Salvatore Caruso (ITA)

Sloane Stephens (USA) [24] vs. Shuai Zhang (CHN)

Melbourne Arena

Matteo Berrettini (ITA) [8] vs. Andrew Harris (AUS)

Kristie Ahn (USA) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG) vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [18]

Sam Stosur (AUS) vs. Catherine McNally (USA)

1573 Arena

Sam Querrey (USA) vs. Borna Coric (CRO) [25]

Reilly Opelka (USA) vs. Fabio Fognini (ITA) [12]

Madison Keys (USA) [10] vs. Daria Kasatkina (RUS)

Johanna Konta (GBR) [12] vs. Ons Jabeur (TUN)

Other Aussies in action

Second on Court 3 – Ann Li (USA) vs. Lizette Cabrera (AUS)Third on Court 3 – Jordan Thompson (AUS) vs. Alexander Bublik (KAZ)Fourth on Court 3 (not before 4pm) – John Millman (AUS) vs. Ugo Humbert (FRA)Second on Court 7 – Jannik Sinner (ITA) vs. Max Purcell (AUS)First on Court 8 – Guido Pella (ARG) [22] vs. John-Patrick Smith (AUS)Third on Court 8 – Marc Polmans (AUS) vs. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)

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