Instagram, French, UTS: Everything you always wanted to know about Benoit Paire (but never had the time to find out) – updated ahead of UTS Oslo

Benoît Paire is one of the funniest and craziest players on the Tour. Here are the answers to some questions you may ask yourself about the Frenchman.


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Who is Benoit Paire?

Benoit Paire is a professional tennis player from France.

Does Paire play UTS?

Yes, Paire is known as “The Rebel” in UTS. The Frenchman is one of the mainstays of the format since it began in 2020, only missing two of the seven events so far.

Despite his consistency, Paire’s results on the court have been underwhelming. He has made the Final Four once, at UTS Frankfurt 2023, and has failed to move beyond the group stage on all other occasions. He has, however, been immensely entertaining, with his antics including racquet smashes, drinking beer during matches, climbing the umpire’s chair, and ripping his shirt open.

You can next catch Paire in action at UTS Oslo, from 9 to 11 February.

Why was Benoit Paire in the news in the summer of 2022?

Benoit Paire has spoken openly about his struggles with depression in recent months, saying that he was seeking help with his mental health.

Paire was told by the French Federation on April 22, 2021 that he will not be considered for selection for the Olympics in 2021, due to his “repeated and deeply inappropriate behaviour”. Paire, who has admitted he has struggled to cope with the Covid-19 restrictions around the tennis world, has behaved badly on several occasions at tournaments, even claiming he was just there to collect the first-round prize money. Paire has apologised and vowed to improve, the FFT said.

When was Benoit Paire born?

Benoit Paire was born on May 8, 1989, in Avignon, in the south of France. Paire’s nationality is French. However, he lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

How tall is he?

Benoît Paire is 6ft 5in (1.96m) tall, according to his profile on ATP official website. He weighs 80 kgs (176 lbs).

Who are Paire’s parents?

Benoit Paire’s father is named Philippe. He works at the SNCF, the French railway company. His mother, Eliane, works for the local government of the Vaucluse. 

How many siblings does he have?

Benoit Paire has an older brother Thomas (born in 1985), who also played tennis and now works for the French Tennis Federation. They teamed up to play at the Lyon Open in 2017.

Who are Paire’s idols? 

Paire’s idol growing up was Marat Safin. That may be a hint about why he breaks so many racquets. 

At what age did Paire start playing tennis?

Benoît Paire began playing tennis aged six with his father, who used to work at a small tennis club next to his house. Paire’s favourite surface is clay and his favourite shot is backhand.

What is Paire’s highest ranking?

Paire’s highest ranking has been No 18, which he reached in 2016. You can find his current ranking and rankings history on his ATP Tour profile page.

Benoit Paire in Dubai in 2020

How many ATP titles has Paire won in his career?

Paire has won three ATP singles titles in his career. He won the Bastad title in 2015 and the Marrakech and Lyon titles in 2019.

How much prize money has he won in his career?

As of December 10, 2023, Paire has earned $10.3 million in his career. You can find his latest prize money stats on his ATP Tour profile page.

Who is Paire’s coach?

Benoit Paire is currently coached by Xavier Moureaux. He was earlier coached by Morgan Bourbon, who was also a professional player until 2015, and Dave Marshall.

When did he start his pro career?

Benoit Paire turned pro in 2007. He played his first Grand Slam in 2008 at the French Open thanks to a wildcard and lost in the first round. The Frenchman broke into the Top 100 in 2011. 

Is Benoit Paire on Instagram?

Benoît Paire has an Instagram account, which is followed by 404,000 people, as of July19, 2023. He is very active on Instagram.

He also carried out several Instagram Lives with his good friend Stan Wawrinka and other friends during the lockdown imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. Paire also has a Twitter account (@benoitpaire). He is followed there by 145,000 people. 

Who is Paire’s girlfriend?

Benoît Paire does not have a girlfriend at the moment. He previously was in a relationship with French singer Shy’m. His ex-girlfriend Julie Bertin took to social media in July 2022 to criticise his behaviour, suggesting he was messaging other women while in a relationship with her.

In 2018 he spoke to L’Équipe about the difficulty of having a stable relationship when being a tennis player:

“Either she sacrifices herself and puts her career on hold, or you see her less, and long-distance relationships are complicated.”

What are fun facts about Paire? 

One of Paire’s nicknames is La Tige (the stalk) because he’s tall and thin. He is a huge fan of the French football team Olympique de Marseille. He loves Breaking Bad.

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