In a text published on Instagram, the day after a stinging defeat in Chile, Benoît Paire spreads his discomfort over the health restrictions on the ATP circuit: “Playing in closed stadiums without any atmosphere is not why I play tennis “.
Pitifully eliminated from the tournament in Santiago de Chile, in straight sets (6-2, 6-3) by the very young Danish Holger Rune, 17 years old and 410th player in the world, Benoît Paire took to Instagram to debrief this disappointment. “Firstly congratulations to Holger whom I appreciate a lot. I wish him good luck for his career,” the 31-year-old Frenchman wrote on Thursday.
“Secondly, a big thank you to my relatives who sent me messages of support that really do me good”, continued the 29th world, before announcing, in a third point, his discomfort on the courts at cause of the health crisis. With his usual outspokenness.
“I’m going to talk about the ATP Tour which has become sad, boring and ridiculous. I know, you’re going to say, ‘You don’t realize how lucky you are blah-blah-blah.’ But playing in stadiums out of doors closed without any atmosphere, that’s not why I play tennis, “he wrote first.
“Rediscover the pleasure of playing tennis”
“Having to stay either at the hotel or at the tennis club, and being forbidden to go out on pain of exclusion and a fine, where is the pleasure of traveling? For me, playing tennis has become a bland profession. So yes, I need time to adapt to this pseudo ATP circuit. But I will make the effort to try to just find the pleasure of playing tennis. I am not talking about results. I am going to play in Acapulco and Miami, after giving it a lot of thought, and my goal will just be to have a smile on the pitch and enjoy kicking a ball. Whether I win or lose, I really don’t care. “
Benoît Paire arrived in Chile after one of his usual escapades: in the first round of the Buenos Aires tournament, against the Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo, he got angry with the referee, opposing one of his decisions and going so far as to spit on the court, before being beaten in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.