Madrid Masters 1000: Pair finally wins and celebrates with spectators

Benoît Paire defeated Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (6-4, 7-5) on Tuesday in the first round of the Masters 1000 in Madrid, his second success of the year. After the match, the Frenchman offered himself a little “celebration” moment with the supporters present on site.

He couldn’t stand playing on empty courts anymore. This Tuesday in Madrid, the spectators were there and Benoît Paire rediscovered the smell of victory by winning against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, (6-4, 7-5) in the first round of the Masters 1000.

So far, the French had lost ten of the eleven games he had played in 2021. His only victory dates back to the end of February in the first round of the Cordoba tournament (Argentina), against Chilean Nicolas Jarry. This Tuesday, he offered his second success of the year.

Deprived of the Tokyo Olympics this summer by the French Tennis Federation due to a “repetition of deeply displaced behavior”, Benoît Paire did not hide his lack of motivation to play without an audience during his elimination from the Monte tournament. Carlo.

“Frankly, I don’t give a damn about this match. I live two hours away, with my parents. I have a double again and afterwards, I break at home. Arriving in such a cemetery, that depresses me a little. Tennis doesn’t bring me anything happy any more. To be here is an absolute sadness whereas usually, it is the best tournament in the world. Frankly, nothing to give a fuck and I am going to go back to my house.”

A little celebration with the supporters after the match

Dragging his spleen on the circuit at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic and suffering from the closed doors often set up, Benoît Paire this time was able to count on a small benevolent French colony, quickly joined by the hundred spectators in the stands, who uttered his voice, clapped his hands, stamped his feet, and even pulled out the foghorn to make him feel good.

After his victory, the Frenchman went to celebrate with the supporters present on the spot against a background of “he is really phenomenal” chanted by the spectators.

Benoît Paire will challenge the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round, neither more nor less than the most consistent player of the first part of the season


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