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Corentin Moutet: The Most Interesting Man In Tennis?

Corentin Moutet

By Scoop Malinowski

“Depuis que t’es montée la-haut
Les anges ne ont jamais été plus beaux
Depuis que t’es montée la-haut
Ici moi je me sens toujours de trop…”

“Since you’ve been up there the angels have never been more beautiful since you got up there here me I always feel too…”

Je ne sens plus mon être;
Et la douleur s’en va;
Adieu mon assassine;
Adieu pauvre de moi ;
Je danse avec l’amour;
Je danse avec La mort;
et je crie à la nuit;
s’il te plaît reviens moi;

I can’t feel my being;
And the pain goes away.
Farewell My murdered;
Farewell poor me;
I dance with love;
I dance with death;
and I cry out in the night;
Please come back to me;

Corentin Moutet posted this poetry on Twitter, where his profile reads: tennis player on the ATP Tour poetry, art , love and music.

He also has a video posted of himself playing piano and various photos and artwork.

Moutet is also a lethal tennis player. He’s 18 years old, lefty, ranked 155, and has a wildcard into the Australian Open. He defeated Tsitsipas in the Brest Challenger final last year. He received a wildcard into Roland Garros doubles last year and with Constant Lestienne, defeated Dustin Brown and Rendy Lu.

As for his playing style…you can assume he does not play tennis like a robotic android devoid of emotion and passion. Instead, the five-foot, nine inch Frenchman, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, is an emotional artist on the court, not afraid to pout or rage after idiotic misses, roar like a lion after Herculean shotmaking, or make curious gestures like a moonball serve or a fake racquet smash.

In a recent performance this week vs. Stefan Kozlov in an Aussie Challenger, Moutet displayed a mixture of genius, grinding consistency, sophistication, and a touch of lunacy. Quick as a cat, he can create any shot at any time, not unlike another famous, eccentric lefty Marcelo Rios. On match point, after blowing a 40-love, triple match point lead and three deuces, Moutet finally finished the job with a freaky, lefty backhand slice angled winner off a Kozlov drop shot. 76 57 62.

The talented teen, one of four players born in 1999 to win a Challenger (Shapovalov, Kecmanovic, Wu), is also not afraid to speak his mind and share a controversial opinion. After the recent Miss France beauty contest, Moutet tweeted: “Women are not objects. Stop the Miss competitions, where girls present themselves as pieces of meat. I think this is embarrassing,”

Then there was the match the chair umpire told Moutet to shut up repeatedly.

“Painting is freedom. If you jump, you might fall. But if you’re not willing to take the risk of breaking your neck, what good is it? You don’t jump at all. You have to wake people up. To revolutionize their way of identifying things. You’ve got to create images they won’t accept. Force them to realize they’re living in a pretty queer world. A world’s that’s not what they think it is.” – Picasso

If you’re a tennis enthusiast always looking to follow and watch fresh, new talents with unique games and competitive spirits, we highly recommend you take a look at Corentin Moutet.

If my suspicions are correct, in a short amount of time, you may not have much choice in the matter.

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  • El Dude · January 6, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    He shows a lot of promise, as I mentioned in the 2018 NextGen Talk thread, but he's also very short. I'm not saying it is impossible for him to be a top 10 player, but when was the last time we saw someone 5'9" in the elite?

  • Michael in UK · January 6, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    New name to me, thanks Scoop. I’ll check out his Twitter and follow progress in AO.

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 6, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    El Dude. he's like the same height as Goffin and Nishikori and Ferrer. And Rios, Hewitt, Chang.

  • Hartt · January 6, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    It sounds like there is yet another up-and-coming youngster. Winning a Challenger at such a young age is a good sign. I will keep an eye out for him – it will be interesting to see how he does this season.

  • Dave G · January 6, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Scoop, I have to say that is great prose. I can truthfully say I have never seen a better written article on a tennis player or maybe any other sport. You are an exceptional writer.

  • Dan Markowitz · January 6, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Corentin Moutet, now that’s a name. I haven’t seen him play, but he might be another Grosjean, Santoro, or Clement, all French players who were well under 6-feet and still had great careers. Nowadays, you have Millot who’s built like a fire hydrant, but is a Challenger player.

    The teen wonder I love after watching him play Mmoh and Harry this week is Alex de Minaur, this guy reminds me of Hewitt more than any other player I’ve ever seen and he’s destined for the top 50 and possibly top 20. Funny, last year de Minaur lost to Rubin, who is actually only 5-9 to the young Aussie’s 5-11, and Felix the cat after beating Tiafoe in Brisbane. So I don’t know if de Minaur can play well on the pro tour outside of Australia, but I love this guy’s motor and how he’s uber-aggressive. I’m really going to keep an eye out for de Minaur.

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 6, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    Dan, and also De Minaur is super intense and not afraid to roar and express his fire, not unlike Hewitt. Boy is this kid dangerous. So slight and thin but he can really belt the ball around the court and he moves like a cat. Just imagine how good this kid will be when he fills out and gets stronger. He will be blasting people off the court. Fine win by Harrison to escape against De Minaur.

  • Duke Carnoustie · January 7, 2018 at 12:58 am

    Wow if this guy is 18 and beat Tsitsipas, he is for real. Probably will have a better career than the Tiafoes and Fritzes of the world. Thanks for the scoop, Scoop.

  • Duke Carnoustie · January 7, 2018 at 3:33 am

    Anybody see the trophy that Rubin won in New Caledonia? What do you think it looks like? Have a look…

  • catherine · January 7, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Who is this Harrison person who just got thrashed in Brisbane ?

  • Dan Markowitz · January 7, 2018 at 7:01 am

    You’re joking right, Catherine?

    Big win for Rubin. Man he runs like he’s on a scooter. Rubin’s one of those guys with tremendous heart and determination it seems. Bad loss for Fritz. He should be dominating a match like this one thinks at this stage.

  • catherine · January 7, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Heh heh Dan – maybe I am, maybe I’m not.

    Kyrgios for AO 🙂

  • Joe Blow · January 7, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Should you believe a guy who wins a Challenger, and says “ He hopes to be back next year”?

    You know he really doesn’t want to still be playing challengers a year from now..

  • catherine · January 7, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Reminds me of Julia Georges saying, when she won Zhuhai last year, that she hoped to return. Zuhai is a consolation tournament for those who didn’t make Singapore. She might return but I wouldn’t think it’s a hope.

    Players just open and shut their mouths on these occasions. Words don’t pass through their brains.

  • Duke Carnoustie · January 7, 2018 at 11:42 am

    On the other thread, the Duke correctly predicted Harrison would get beat down but I can’t take full credit since Chazz correctly pointed out the bad blood between Harry and Kyrgios. That’s obviously the kind of thing Nick doesn’t take lightly so he was going to kick Harry’s ass for sure.

  • catherine · January 7, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Maybe Nick’s a better player than Harry ? No feud required.

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    Joe, Kyrgios said the same thing when he won Sarasota Challenger four years ago, that he'd like to go back the following year. But of course he became too good to play Challengers.

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 7, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    Catherine; I think players are automatically programmed to say, "I look forward to playing here next year." 🙂 They all say it in victory speeches. No exceptions. Well, except Rios, he didn't care.

  • Michael in UK · January 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    De MInaur plays Verdasco in first round Sydney INternational tomorrow.
    Also recently discussed here, Dolgopolov, he plays Fognini.

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 7, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    Thanks DaveG, glad you enjoyed the article. Always inspired by unique talents and characters like Moutet. Welcome to the site.

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 7, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    De Minaur is going to beat Verdasco. I like Dolgo to knock off Fognini, who I think is suspended for the next Slam or two because of that insane tirade he had last year at US Open against the female chair umpire.

  • GameSetAndMath · January 7, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    He is not suspended right now. He is under probation now. If he misbehaves again within next year or so, there will be suspension.

  • jg · January 7, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    DY using a new stick, Looks like Dunlop, he seems to change every year, as well as clothing line.

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 7, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    DY wearing a hodge podge of attire. Is that Troy Hahn co-coaching DY with momma and poppa Y?



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