“Need Training”: Benoit Paire Hires New Coach to Boost Preparations for French Open 2021

Published 05/21/2021, 12:26 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 tennis player Benoit Paire, who is having a nightmarish season so far on the ATP tour, has just managed to score just two victories this year. His recent defeat was against the German Dominic Koepfer in the first round of the Geneva Open. The Frenchman gave a tough fight and lost in three sets, 7-6,6-7,4-6.

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With Roland Garros coming up in few days, Paire decided to intensify his training to prepare better for the home-event. In fact, he recently expressed interest to hire a new coach to start training for the second grand slam of the year.

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
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Benoit Paire teams up with Boris Vallejo for the French Open this year

The Frenchman is currently accompanied by his friend and coach Morgan Bourban, who is a tennis player himself. Now, Paire hired former player and coach Boris Vallejo to guide him at the French Open.

The French coach, who previously partnered with Marin Cilic, is currently associated with the young French talent Arthur Cazaux. Vallejo also worked with Paire at Roland Garros last year.

Talking about this new association after the first round defeat at Geneva Open, Paire said, “Boris gave me a hand here. He’ll give me another one in Paris, that’s cool. It makes me feel good, it makes me play, it makes me train. I need training and there, tonight, I played two and a half hours, it’s good for the rest”. 

Benoit Paire is yet to reach the quarter-finals at his home-slam. His best result in Paris came in 2019, where he reached the fourth round and was defeated by Kei Nishikori.

Tennis – ATP Cup – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 5, 2021 France’s Benoit Paire reacts during his group stage match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Keeping aside his tantrums on-court, the Frenchman can make matches more engaging with his powerful forehand and surprising drop-shots.

But, the COVID-19 pandemic brought out the worst of Paire as he kept mentioning many times on-court about his intention to finish off matches without giving a fight.

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But, his recent match against Koepfer at the Geneva Open brought some hope to his fans as he gave in a tough fight, and tried to win a close matchup.

Also, the French Open will have its stadiums filled with fans this year. This might provide an extra motivation for the Frenchman to get back to winning ways after struggling for more than a year.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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