Sponsorless Benoit Paire Puts On Ball Kids’ Outfit for First Round Clash Against Casper Ruud at French Open 2021

Published 05/31/2021, 9:31 AM EDT
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


French player Benoit Paire has been a controversial figure on the ATP tour. Since the start of the year, he has had a lot of drama on the court, such as spitting and losing his matches deliberately. Hence because of this, sponsors have distanced themselves from him and that showed at French Open 2021.

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Paire was playing young Norwegian Casper Ruud in the first round of Roland Garros 2021. However, he was seen wearing a red polo t-shirt which was similar to the ones the ball boys and girls are wearing. It was later confirmed that it was the same polo t-shirt without the Lacoste logo on the left.

Benoit Paire in action during his first round match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The ball bog polo t-shirt is red like the red clay of Roland Garros. Moreover, it has the Roland Garros logo on the right and the Lacoste logo on the left. The collar has white and black stripes on the borders. Paire wore the t-shirt with the Roland Garros logo but had removed the Lacoste logo. The ball boy t-shirts are available on Roland Garros’ website for €100 or $122.

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Lacoste is a French apparel brand that is one of the sponsors of the French Open. Paire was associated with the brand, however, they parted ways during the 2020 off-season. Their partnership had started back in 2012 and recently ended in December 2020.

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Benoit Paire during his first-round match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Benoit Paire wants to create his clothing brand

The reason for the split, according to Paire, is that he will be creating his own clothing brand. The logo will be a cocktail glass and he will be the brand ambassador of his brand. Earlier in the year, he revealed that the brand will be a mix of lifestyle and tennis.

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Recently Paire‘s racquet sponsors, Babolat, were also upset with his recent behavior. He has had angry outbursts and has admitted to playing only for the paychecks. Hence, Babolat ensured that they will have a dialogue with the Frenchman so that he can uphold the values instituted by the brand.

Paire had started off his match well against Ruud. He had taken the first set 7-5; however, he fell behind and at the time of writing trailed the match 2-1 as Ruud won the second set, 6-2, and third set, 6-1.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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