“Much Less Than Before”: Benoit Paire on His Interest To Play Tennis

Published 05/11/2021, 1:57 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


French tennis player Benoit Paire has been on the men’s Tour for a considerable amount of time. He played his first ATP tournament in 2008 at the Open 13 held in Marseille. However, it took him a considerable amount of time to win his first title on the ATP Tour, and he won one at the Swedish Open 2015. 

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Recently, Benoit Paire did a question-and-answer session with his followers through his Instagram stories. The Frenchman answered questions on various topics, but there was one question that stood out. One of his followers asked him if he still remains as excited to play the sport that he is best known for. 

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

The 32-year-old resident of Geneva stated on his Instagram story, “I must say that much less than before but when tennis and life in general will be normal we will see what is for sure that I hate playing the way I play now.”

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(Quotes have been translated with Google Translate)

Benoit Paire says interest level had dropped

Benoit accepted that the interest levels have dropped to an extent, and he didn’t much enjoy the way he was playing at the moment.

In the recent tournaments, the French athlete has displayed a lackluster attitude on the courts. Due to some of his antics, he had been warned several times by the chair umpire. Things took an ugly turn when there were rumors of the ATP banning him from Tour. To add more fuel to the fire, players on Tour criticized him for his behavior.  

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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

Paire has featured in a number of tournaments this season. Unfortunately, he has not registered any impressive results. He didn’t come anywhere close to the title in any of those tournaments. He is out of the singles category in the Italian Open but is competing in the doubles category. 

His next stop will be in Paris for the second Grand Slam event of the year at Roland Garros. One hopes that the French crowd can get behind and give him the added motivation to get back to winning ways again. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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