“I Was Not Enjoying Playing Tennis”: Benoit Paire Opens Up on His Struggles During Covid-19 Pandemic

Published 08/20/2021, 1:10 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Cup – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 3, 2021 France’s Benoit Paire during his group stage match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini REUTERS/Loren Elliott


Leaving his mark on the Tennis action from Cincinnati is the tournament’s sensation, Benoit Paire, who’s running riot on the court. So far, the Frenchman has put on back-to-back triumphant performances, making his way to the quarter-finals of the tournament. However, ahead of his all-important clash, he made a few revelations on his journey back on tour, in his post-match conference.

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Apart from his mind bowling shots and breathtaking tennis, 32-year-0ld Benoit Paire is a popular face for his dynamics both on and off the court. Although, even as he continues his fine run of form in the tournament, he opens up on what it felt like playing during a worldwide pandemic.

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“It was tough for me”- Benoit Paire

2021 has seen a relative return to normalcy in most aspects of life. Even as Benoit regains his form, he reveals how tough the pandemic was for him, personally, and how it feels now edging back towards a normal tour.

He said, “You know it was tough for me, for one year and a half with the Covid situation. I was not enjoying playing tennis. Playing in an empty stadium, staying in a bubble all week, for me, it is not the life I like. For me I like to go to the restaurant, I like to take a beer somewhere, I like to go to the fast food.”

“For me it was difficult, and I didn’t manage this situation and honestly, now I’m happy to play in front of people even if they support John, so happy to see them. It was a good tournament, I really enjoy since coming back.” 

Being his usual self, Benoit also joked around with the host, engaging in some friendly banter. When called young, he said, “I’m not young. I’m 32 but young compared to you. It’s nice to see you like this, like a commentator. I saw you on tour, now I see you like this. I’m so happy to be with you on tennis channel.”

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Benoit is best described as a showman, courtesy of his unorthodox on-court display. Notably, he enjoys playing in front of fans as much as they relish the sight of seeing him back in action. He said, “That’s why I like to play tennis, to have a connection with people, to try some hot shots and have fun with the people. So that’s why I play, and it was not easy like I said before. But I’m so happy to be on tour, like normal tour, and yeah I really, enjoy. Honestly, I’m so happy to continue and have fun with people. That’s the only reason to play, just to have fun.”

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

The undoubted fan favorite may be enjoying his time in the studio, but life is about to get difficult on the court for the 32-year-old. The World No. 50 gears up for his quarter-final clash against Tennis’ uprising star, Andrey Rublev. Sparks are guaranteed to fly, as thorough entertainment is guaranteed.

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Will Benoit continue his fine form or will Andrey ruin Paire’s party?

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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