Bloodshed, clashes with referees or on social media … For the last ten years, Benoît Paire has awakened the usually silent world of professional tennis. So much so that little is said about his great talent and his atypical game.
But his escapades are still memorable moments for the yellow ball fans. Here are five legendary blood injections from Benoit Paire.
1. Roland-Garros 2019: “The pussy, the pussy, the chaaaatte! »
During the last years of his career, Benoît Paire has not always stood out for his fair play and his mentality on the courts. His most legendary screening remains the one he called on the Suzanne-Lenglen track in 2019, during his round of 16 against Japan’s Kei Nishikori.
After losing a point, the people of Avignon let themselves be carried away and launched a very elegant “The cat that has, the cat, the chaaatte! “It quickly went viral, this expression became a trademark, to the point that the tennis player self-parodied himself in an ad for a lottery mark.
2. 1000 Monte-Carlo Masters 2017: “The guy sucks”
On April 18, 2017, Benoît Paire was in a bad position against German veteran Tommy Hass (39) during the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000. Led by 6-2 and 3-0, Avignon is frustrated and embarks on a secret exit.
Forgetting any notion of fair play (again), he openly criticizes his opponent’s game of the day, in unflattering words: “The boy is completely useless! I’m very bad. I just have to play 2 seconds, I think I win 6-2, 6-2. “Unfortunately for him, the click will not come, as this game, unfortunately, will lose 2-6, 3-6.
3. Indian Wells 2018: “Play like a pipe”
A few months after his legendary punchline against Tommy Hass, Benoît Paire delivers during the Indian Wells (California) tournament, one of the highlights of the season. Also, he is not having a good day: a cold and a back injury. All the conditions are met for the Frenchman to be able to live a nightmare match. And it’s not missing. Faced with the 244th in the world at the time, the American Mitchell Krueger, the Avignonese will lose his temper. First, with the referee, whoever asks for a cap, what will be done. But Paire refuses to take him because he considers him “unbeatable”.
After this “fashion” exchange, Benoît will gradually break up with him: “It’s crazy, in training, I manage to hit and in matches I don’t get anything, I get wet”, then against his opponent of the day, who is criticized for celebrating his winning points too much: He breaks the balls saying “Let’s go” at every moment. What you’re doing is shit. He says “let’s go” as if he were making genius blows. It is completely useless. »
During the short 57 minutes of this painful match, Benoît Paire alternated fouls, physical pain and shock sentences, until losing his match by two double fouls (4-6, 6-1, 4-6).
4. “Cheers Mariona! »
It is a soap opera that has been made for almost four years. A brief reminder of the facts: during his defeat in the first round of the 2019 US Open against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, Benoît Paire refused to shake hands with his rival, believing that he had insulted him during the party. Distressed by such a show, Marion Bartoli, then a consultant for Eurosporthe compared him to an 8-year-old boy and described the tennis player’s behavior as “unacceptable from start to finish, unforgivable, indescribable”.
True to her lively character, the Avignonese shared an angry tweet reminding the former champion that she had also not shaken hands with Virginie Razzano during a tournament in Eastbourne (UK) in 2009. A few days after This controversial defeat, the tennis player joined by uploading a video on her social networks, where she launched her now famous “Santé Marion”, cocktail in hand.
5. Monte Carlo 2021: “I don’t care, I’ll take the 12,000 balls”
After a fifth straight elimination at the Monte Carlo Masters 1000, Benoît Paire dropped completely at a post-match press conference. Visibly very affected by the lack of public, caused by the Covid-19, the tennis player assumes his total tiredness of tennis: “Arriving at a cemetery like this, I get a little depressed. Tennis no longer brings me anything happy. Being here is absolutely sad when it is usually the best tournament in the world. Frankly, nothing fucking and I’ll be back home.
But another phrase will make the rounds on social media. On the possibility of taking a break after this bad patch, the Avignonese adds: “I took 12,000 bullets to stay in the hotel quietly. I’m going home, honestly it’s perfect […] For dead tennis rats, it’s great to come play here, but at some point, if you’ve gotten to know the circuit a bit and see how it has become, frankly, it makes me want to throw myself. »
These statements will have a direct impact on Benoît Paire’s career, because two weeks later, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) excluded Paire from participating in the Tokyo Olympics. A second disappointment after his exclusion from the French national team during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Bonus: your best racquet shots
His many dispossessions should not hide that Benoît Paire is also a very good tennis player. His two-handed setback can be devastating. Tennis TV has compiled its top 30 ATP Tour shots. A pure delight. Hopefully he’ll turn the corner on his first lap, especially since he showed his confidence on his Instagram account: “Something magical can happen.”