Two weeks after announcing a break for an “indefinite period” with tennis, Benoît Paire was already back on the courts. Led one set to nothing by the world number 293, the Frenchman decided to give up. Another failure for Paire who is worried less than a week from Wimbledon.
The career of Benoit Pair has never been a long calm river and it never will be. At 33, the Frenchman is becoming more and more known for his bloodshed or his many scenes of annoyance than for his exploits on the courts. Which is regrettable for many observers, aware of the potential Benoit Pair. If he has always managed to get back in the saddle for Roland Garros, the native of Avignon did not shine this year. Despite the support of the French public, Benoit Pair came out in the first round. Since the health crisis, tennis no longer has the same flavor for him. ” To arrive in such a cemetery, it depresses me. It shows on the match, tennis no longer brings me any happiness. Finding yourself here is absolutely sad when it’s the best tournament in the world. You make a winning move, not a sound, you make an unforced error, it’s the same thing, zero atmosphere. Winning or losing under such conditions I don’t care. I no longer have the spark. When I’m on the course I’m miserable. We talk about magic, but what fun it is to play “, he confided in April 2021. Even if the public is back, the magic has not returned for pair. So much so that he had taken a radical decision. After his defeat in Stuttgart against the Italian Lorenzo Sonego, Benoit Pair had announced a break for an “indefinite period”.
[#ATPChallenger] This Tuesday, Benoît #Paire (n°76) 🇫🇷 gives up in the first round in #Milan (Italy, Challenger 80, clay)! Opposed to Alexey #Vatutin (n°293), he came to lose the first set 7-6 (6).
— Game, Set And Match (@jeu_set_etmatch) June 21, 2022
After a lost set, Paire gives up against the 293rd in the world
Finally, we only had to wait two short weeks before seeing him again on the pitch. Aligned at the Milan Challenger tournament, Benoît Paire hopes to bounce back and regain some confidence before Wimbledon. Result, the French tennis player gave up after a small set lost against Alexei Vatutin, the world number 293. Something to highlight his mental shortcomings that he had mentioned recently: “ All the last games I played, I was in the lead and I was almost going to win them and I ended up losing them. It’s the same as when I took my driver’s license or when people go to a university exam, they feel anxious. Instead of thinking that the court is great, that there is a good audience, that the weather is nice, instead of thinking that, I start asking myself questions about my forehand, my backhand. I did not ask myself these questions before. I do not know. I don’t know what to do “. The concern and obviously, it is not gone. In case of further failure to Wimbledonthe season of Benoit Pair would take an almost catastrophic turn…