Deprived of the Olympic Games by dint of misconduct, Benoît Paire left to take the pill in the Maldives.
For those who were worried about his mental health, Benoît Paire is doing very well, at least in appearance. The French tennis player (35th in the world) has put away the rackets to go to relax in the Maldives, where he lives a happy life. The Frenchman does not seem concerned about his recent setbacks on the ATP circuit, just as he does not seem touched by the sanction imposed on him by the French Tennis Federation, by depriving him of the Olympic Games.
“Health everyone,” wrote the French on Instagram in a video where he comes out of the water with a mask and a snorkel on his head, before grabbing a beer fresh out of the fridge. Life is good for the Frenchman, who has widely complained about the playing conditions on the circuit in recent weeks, as well as the atmosphere that reigns there, which was comparable, according to him, to that of a “cemetery ”In Monte-Carlo.
Lost in the field, largely demotivated, Benoît Paire has more often shown himself in recent weeks by his misbehavior than by his inspirations with racket in hand. Two notable episodes in particular earned him this sanction that the FFT deemed necessary to impose on him.
“I no longer have the spark”
The first dates from the beginning of March in Buenos Aires. Opposed for his entry into the running to a player classified beyond the hundredth place in the world, the Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo (defeat 4-6, 6-3, 6-1), Pair multiplies the outbursts: he spits on a disputed mark judged against him by the referee, howls several curses, and completely sabotages his end of the game, including the match point lost on a gross double fault.
He adds in the wake of a provocation on social networks: a screenshot of his page on the ATP site showing his some $ 8.5 million in career earnings, along with the comment “Finally it’s worth it. blow to be zero “. This first prank earned him a warning from the FFT. Pair escapes a bigger sanction thanks in particular to a letter of apology. But that does not prevent him from reoffending.
Beaten for his entry into the running in Monte-Carlo, Paire embarks on a diatribe against the circuit and the constraints imposed by the pandemic. Pair does not hide that he saw it very badly from the start, but this time, the Frenchman goes even further than usual. “Whether I win or lose, I don’t care, it goes light years away. Winning or losing in such conditions, I don’t care. I no longer have the spark”
“So we’re going to say ‘yes, it’s like normal life’. Well very well, I find that normal life is shit at the moment and the circuit is shit the same. Everything is for the moment. 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. ” A happiness that he seems to have found at the edge of the water.