“Not Going to Make Any Controversy…”: Benoit Paire Responds to Toni Nadal’s Response to His Pay Rant

Published 03/26/2021, 11:44 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 14, 2020 France’s Benoit Paire reacts during his match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner . Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill


Veteran French tennis star Benoit Paire has responded to Toni Nadal’s no-holds-barred response to his recent remarks on tournament bubbles and reduced pay checks.

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Known to court controversies with his on-court conduct and comments, Paire claimed closed-door events and bubbles have reduced tennis to a “tasteless profession”.

Toni Nadal had accused Benoit Paire of defaming tennis with his remarks

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He later tweeted on the reduced prize money at the prestigious Miami Open, saying that the fact that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic, and a host of other top male stars have pulled out of the event shows there is a problem with the ATP.

Paire further said that he doesn’t find much interest in playing tennis these days and is happy with whatever he earns from first-round exits at Tour events.

“Why tear yourself like a crazy to win barely more,” he said.

The remarks clearly didn’t go down well with Nadal’s uncle and long-time former coach, who responded in the recent interview that Paire need not have made his opinion public as it has hurt the image of the sport.

“All this does tennis poorly. These statements are not correct. He would have done better to keep that to himself because it tarnishes the image of tennis,” Toni said.

The revered coach, who prepares future tennis stars at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca, further said that the Frenchman isn’t doing himself any favors by making such remarks. It clearly shows that he is not working hard enough to win matches or tournaments.

“What is not normal is not to fight. There is very little value given to effort lately,” Nadal’s uncle said.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 03: Rafael Nadal of Spain discusses tatics with his coach Toni Nadal during a practice session prior to the start of ATP World Tour Finals Tennis at O2 Arena on November 3, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Benoit Paire responded to Toni Nadal’s rebuke

In a measured response to the senior coach’s remarks, Paire said he doesn’t want to stoke a needless controversy.

“I am not going to make any controversy…I respect Toni Nadal a lot for the person he is and what he has brought to tennis,” the Frenchman tweeted.

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However, Paire isn’t the only one to have voiced misgivings over tournament bubbles and prize money.

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Canadian star Denis Shapovalov recently said that reduced pay checks in tournaments leave very little motivation for the players to travel and compete.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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