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Picture This: Gael Monfils at it again

Awkwardly shaped french trophies, frighteningly designed t-shirts and adorable plush Momochan. Here are some of the best pictures from the tennis week that was.

Gael Monfils Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images

Gael Monfils: The Frenchman returned from injury in Metz to play his first tournament in four months. I said it last week and I'll say it again. Welcome back, Gael.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Having successfully defended his 2011 title in Metz, Tsonga now has two of those things, which will make for a striking set of bookends.

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Wozniacki Seoul Trophy Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Caroline Wozniacki: Look, it's her first title in 13 months. You'd be kissing the trophy, too.

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Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Maria Sharapova: I think we can all agree that those Evian headless baby shirts are pretty creepy. Even for Japan.

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Petkovic Tokyo Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Andrea Petkovic: That's one of the Toray Pan Pacific Open mascots, Momochan. She is hands-down my favorite tournament mascot. Plus she got that big smile out of Petko, so what's not to love?

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Andy Roddick David Becker/Getty Images

Andy Roddick: Who knew retirement looked so... plaid?

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Sharapova Tokyo Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Maria Sharapova: Should we really be mic'ing up Maria on a tennis court? I'm just asking.

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Bhupathi press Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Mahesh Bhupathi: "Is it safe to come out?" No, Mahesh. I assure you it most certainly is not.

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Tipsarevic in Singapore Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Janko Tipsarevic: Tennis' resident hipster pops on his shades, grabs some fresh coconut water, and joins in a friendly game of checkers in Singapore. The only thing missing from this picture is an Instagram filter.

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Wozniacki Seoul Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Caroline Wozniacki: Once again, Stella McCartney shows she's got one idea too many. The blue top looks great, as do the blue and white skirt and black shoes. But why does Caro look like she's been duct taped around the waist? Why, Stella? Why?
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