“I Collapsed”: Benoit Paire Disappointed After His First Round Exit at French Open 2021

Published 05/31/2021, 12:37 PM CDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 France’s Benoit Paire during his first round match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


Benoit Paire suffered a defeat at the French Open 2021. Playing against the winner of the Geneva Open 2021, Casper Ruud, he began the match beautifully, winning the first set. However, the Norwegian player played some exceptional tennis and made an incredible comeback to defeat Paire. The final scoreline of the match was 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7(7)-6(4).

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It is the fifth consecutive defeat for Benoit Paire on tour. Even before this, he hasn’t enjoyed much success this season, and it is turning out to be a nightmare for him.

In the post-match interview, Paire talked about his feelings after the defeat and revealed that he had collapsed during the match but that was not because of sadness as almost all his loved ones are suffering at the moment. He also mentioned that his family believes that he is currently missing something from his life.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021. France’s Benoit Paire in action during his first-round match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

“I collapsed, but it wasn’t sadness. I have suffered so much during these few months … All the people who love me are suffering. My family sees that I am not happy, that I am missing something in my life, they feel it. When I get knocked down all day saying ‘he doesn’t deserve to be on the track’,” said Paire in the interview. (Translated via Google Translate)

It’s surely not the way Paire would have expected his French Open 2021 campaign to end.

“The People screaming at every point”: Benoit Paire

Even though Paire was unhappy with the performance, he claimed that the people were really screaming for him that made him quite happy. According to him, there were there to have some fun and he also enjoyed playing in front of them.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021. France’s Benoit Paire reacts during his first-round match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

“If I cracked, it’s because, for a few months, I have a ball, I am tied and it has trouble coming out. When I see the atmosphere today, the audience, the people screaming at every point, whether I miss a forehand or hit a winning shot … They are there to have fun. They had a great time and so did I. It got me out all that,” added the 32-year-old French player.

After this, it is ambiguous whether Benoit Paire will be playing some grass-court tournaments before the Wimbledon Championships 2021 or not. He is surely disenchanted but fans expect him to make a comeback on the court soon.

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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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