“Had to Work to Take Some Holidays”: Benoit Paire Hits Back at Dominic Thiem

Published 05/03/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Cup – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 5, 2021 France’s Benoit Paire reacts as he retires due to injury from his group stage match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Kelly Defina


French professional tennis player Benoit Paire often finds himself at the center of all controversies. He recently spat on the court following his defeat at the Argentina Open 2021 and surprisingly, celebrated this loss at the Miami Open 2021. Because of this behavior, the French Tennis Federation has even decided to put sanctions on him.

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In a recent interview, World No.4 Dominic Thiem slammed Benoit Paire for his on-court antics. He opined that if Paire is not interested in playing the sport, he should better stay at his home. He also advised the French player to take some rest or go on a vacation if nothing is motivating him to play tennis right now.

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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during his singles match against Lloyd Harris of South Africa during Day Ten of the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis at Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

After this, Benoit Paire decided to hit back at the US Open 2020 winner and tweeted that he had to work to go on a vacation. However, he also wrote that he is happy to see him back on the court.

“Dominic Thiem, I had to work to take some holidays. Happy to see you back on tour,” wrote Paire on Twitter.

He clearly took a jibe at Thiem and claimed that unlike him, he does some work before going on a holiday.

“Don’t have any problems with what you said”- Benoit Paire to Dominic Theim

Even though Paire tried to take a dig at Thiem, he also wrote that he didn’t have any sort of problems with what Thiem said. Clearly, he tweeted this along with the earlier line to clear the air. The Frenchman also wrote that everyone can act and think differently.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Mexican Open – The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico – March 16, 2021, France’s Benoit Paire remonstrates with the umpire during his first-round match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Carlos Perez-Gallardo

“I don’t have any problems with what you said, everybody can think and act differently,” added Paire in the tweet.

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There is definitely a spark between Paire and Thiem at the moment, which can turn into the fire any time soon. After Paire’s response, fans are eagerly waiting for a reaction from the Austrian player.

Dominic Thiem and Benoit Paire are both playing at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 right now. The Frenchman will face Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round of the tournament tomorrow. Will he be able to end his losing streak and finally win a singles match after a long time in Madrid?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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