“A Cemetery”: Benoit Paire Reacts After First Round Exit at Monte Carlo Masters 2021


Since the tennis tour returned last year, Benoit Paire has been distressed because of spending time in the COVID-19 bubble and playing in the empty stadium. For one of these reasons, Frenchman’s losing streak continues until today.

In recent days, Paire has often been expressing his frustration over the current ATP Tour situation. Last month, the former World No.18 revealed that earning some money is only his priority, and he does not have a coach and is not practising. 

Tennis Doesn’t Make Benoit Paire Happy 

Once again, Paire fell in the first round this season. He lost his opening round match in three sets(4-6, 7-6, 6-7) against Australian Jordan Thompson at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021

In the post-match interview, Benoit Paire said, “I don’t give a damn. I still have doubles to play here, and after that, I clear off home. I can say nothing about the match. Tennis doesn’t make me happy anymore. To be here is an absolute sadness because it’s usually the best tournament in the world.”

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Paire Is Not Happy With Atmosphere In Monte-Carlo 

Every tennis player likes to compete in the heritage Monte Carlo country club because of the landscape and crowd atmosphere. 

World No.35 continued, “I don’t give a damn, fight or not fight. They say it’s Monte Carlo, but we are playing in a sad atmosphere. That’s how it is. The circuit has become rotten. Winning or losing in such conditions, I don’t care. I no longer have the spark.”

Paire emphasised that he felt happy when he is at home, especially not wearing a face mask.  

“I took 12,000 euros to be in a quiet hotel. Then I go home. The Rainier Court, on the shores of the Mediterranean, is usually the most beautiful court in the world, but this year it’s the atmosphere of a cemetery. So the only moment of happiness is when I’m at home when I don’t put on my mask, that I don’t give a damn about the Covid,” Benoit Paire added. 

The Frenchman also explained how he exactly feels about the ongoing situation, “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.”

Notably, Benoit Paire has already received criticism for his recent words from Rafael Nadal’s former coach Toni Nadal and his countrywoman and former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli.  

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