- 14 Sep 2020
Here’s a recipe for disaster. Lock Benoit Paire up in a room for 14 days, give him one day of preparation for a tournament and stick him up against a young, rising star.
The Frenchman, known as much for his rants and racquet-smashes as for his occasionally brilliant tennis, produced another showreel even he probably won’t be proud of in time as he self-destructed in his first-round match with Italian teenager Jannik Sinner at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Monday.
Losing badly to the talented Sinner, Paire began to lose his rag, throwing an empty water bottle, arguing with the umpire, served an ace when Sinner was not ready and then, in the final game, not trying at all as he handed the victory to his opponent.
Paire throw a bottle of water on court, outside the doubles lines, and went to serve.
He demanded that the ball boy pick it up.
Nour told him it's gonna stay there unless you pick it up yourself https://t.co/Ip8NTPmsZc
— enrico maria riva (@enricomariariva) September 14, 2020
We should probably have seen it coming after Paire arrived in Rome late, following his 14-day quarantine in New York after he tested positive on the eve of the US Open, which caused him to be withdrawn from the event, and he had already laid the groundwork for this kind of display.
PROGRAMMATION DE MERDE !!! Merci @InteBNLdItalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 J’ai fait une seule demande c est de jouer mardi pour avoir un jour de plus d’entraînement avec ce qu’il m’est arrivé à NEW YORK et comme je joue un Italien vous me mettez Lundi!! #super #BRAVO @atptour 👍🏼#goodjob #notfair
— paire benoit (@benoitpaire) September 13, 2020
Benoit Paire : pic.twitter.com/lEOo2cVft1
— PF (@FacileProno) September 14, 2020
Nevertheless, it seems Paire was in relatively cheery mood when he finished the match.
Benoît Paire : "It was a good training session. I had 1 hour of autonomy so I'm quite happy I was able to last 1h04. It's good for the future. I'm happy with what I've done. I lost 6-2, 6-1 but in Cincinnati I stopped playing at 6-0, 1-0 so it's pretty positive."
— Quentin Moynet (@QuentinMoynet) September 14, 2020