Benoit Paire often has outbursts during the matches since the beginning of this season. Frenchman cited the reasons that were demotivated to play tennis without fans and quarantine bubbles. As a result, he was recently excluded from the France Olympic tennis team.
“Life In The Bubble Is Not Fun At All”, says Dominic Thiem
It is not only Benoit Paire but several tennis players, including Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, who have admitted that they have also suffered from mental health issues due to the same reasons as empty stadiums and COVID-19 restrictions.
When asked about pandemic life and unmotivated players in a recent interview, the US Open reigning champion said pandemic life is complicated for everyone. Still, he believes it will come to its original shape again.
“It is not easy, of course. It is difficult for everyone because we are used to playing with crowded stands, to travel freely from one city to another without difficulties,” World No.4 explained.
Austrian further commented, “Now we play in empty enclosures, and every trip is a complication, and besides, life in the bubble is not fun at all.”
“I understand that there are many players who find it difficult, but I also think that this will not last forever, that at some point, things will return to normal,” Thiem added.
“If You Don’t Want To Play, You Stay At Home”, Thiem on Paire’s Manner
Talking about Benoit Paire, Dominic Thiem stressed that if some are unwilling to play in this situation, they should not appear on tour. Otherwise, they should go on vacation while to refresh their minds like he recently did.
Thiem continued, “No, I don’t understand. If you don’t want to play, you stay at home. If you are not motivated, nobody forces you to play.
I think what I did is better: I took time, cancelled my participation in three or four tournaments, and at some point, the motivation returns.”(Quotes Have Been Translated Into English Via Google Translator)
“Once you get out on the track, I think you should be able to compete, even if you are not 100 percent. But if you don’t feel like playing, you better take a vacation,” Austrian confessed.
In the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, Dominic Thiem will face Spaniard Pablo Andujar or American Marcos Giron in the opening encounter. At the same time, Benoit Paire will lock horns with Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, who has won Qatar Open and Bavarian International titles this year.