“I Don’t Give a Sh*t”: Benoit Paire Admits to Having No Spark After Monte Carlo Masters 2021 Loss

Published 04/11/2021, 2:13 PM EDT
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


French professional tennis player Benoit Paire continues to maintain his shabby record on the tennis tour. He lost his sixth consecutive match on the ATP circuit in the opening round of Monte Carlo Masters 2021.

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World Number 33 Paire lost a close battle to Australia’s Jordan Thompson 4-6 7-6(3) 6-7(5), and sadly, he’s not really worried about his current form on the professional track.

More alarmingly, he confessed to having lost enthusiasm for the sport, suggesting tennis is no longer bringing him joy.

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“Honestly, I don’t give a shit about this match. Playing in a cemetery like this, it’s just not possible anymore. All the players think it. I am perhaps the only one to say it. Tennis is no longer bringing me anything good. I’ve got no more spark,” he stated after losing his match in Monaco.

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

Benoit Paire only concerned about the paychecks he receives from tennis

Earlier, following his loss at Cordoba Open in the month of March, Paire sounded like he had lost the motivation required for tennis. And his main goal is to collect the paychecks following his round one losses of every tournament.

I come (for the tournaments), I make some money, and (then) I go to the next tournament: I do my job,” he previously stated. “There, if you win an ATP 250, you only get $30,000. I took a check of $10,000 each time by losing straight. Why tear yourself away like a crazy to win barely more?”

Read More: “Tennis is Not My Priority”: Benoit Paire Loses His Motivation For Tennis And Prioritizes His Paychecks

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Also, a few days ago at Miami Open, Benoit Paire was witnessed celebrating his first-round defeat to rising Italian star Lorenzo Musetti. That was absolutely an unsportsmanlike display on the court. 

Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli and Rafael Nadal’s former coach and uncle Toni Nadal have also spoken out concerning Paire’s unacceptable attitude towards tennis.

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Uncle Toni opined Benoit is ‘tarnishing’ the image of tennis and in a similar tone, Bartoli stated he’s ‘damaging’ the game.

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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