HILARIOUS! Racquet Manufacturer Babolat Forces Benoit Paire to Visit Factory to Make Them Stop Breaking Rackets on Court

Published 05/25/2022, 10:36 PM EDT

via Reuters

Sport has become extremely competitive in the modern-day. Tennis is no exception to this. There are emotions that flow after every point is won and lost. As a result, there has been a steep rise in racket smashing incidents over the last few years that have marred the sport. Further, players like Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios, and Benoit Paire have all been guilty of these incidents.

Sports equipment company, Babolat supplies tennis rackets to Paire. Following his racket smashing incidents last year, the Frenchman received a unique punishment from the equipment supplier.


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Benoit Paire had to complete a factory field internship at Babolat

Jean-Christophe Verborg, director of competition at Babolat opened up about the punishment given to Paire for his outbursts. He said, “We made him place an order, prepare boxes, put his rackets in. And today, we favor this method, even if there will always be a yellow line not to be exceeded.”

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Further, he added, “Benoit and Fabio [Fognini], knowing them for many years, are adorable. I have said to Benoit: ‘I don’t understand you’, is someone sensitive, bloody, whole, someone for whom we have a lot of affection. When he came to Lyon, he was appreciated, he devoted time, apologized, repeated that he was aware of all this.” (Translated using Google Translate)


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Subsequently, Paire promised the sports equipment company not to smash rackets ever again. He expressed his gratitude to Babolat and all the people involved in the manufacture of rackets following his visit to the company.

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The Frenchman had a disappointing first-round loss against Ilya Ivashka at Roland Garros 2022. In a match lasting just over two and a half hours, Ivashka prevailed in four sets 6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5. It was a heart-breaking loss for Paire, who couldn’t use the home advantage to his credit.


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However, his hopes are still alive in men’s and mixed doubles. Paire is into the second round of men’s doubles with partner Albert Ramos-Vinolas. In the mixed doubles, Paire has partnered with compatriot Chloe Paquet.



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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.