Tennis: Paire, spit included, brings out its worst version in Buenos Aires

The australian Nick kyrgios it surely takes the cake in terms of controversies in the ATP circuit, but Benoit paireWith a lamentable demeanor, he has reminded the world that he is also an ‘enfant terrible’ when cables are crossed on a tennis court.

The French player, with a spit included, has taken his worst version during his match against the local Francisco Cerúndolo in the round of 16 of the ATP on land of Buenos Aires, Argentina).

After unsuccessfully protesting a ball with the chair umpire, Paire came to spit on the controversial pot right under the nose of the referee, who obviously admonished him for unsportsmanlike conduct. Later, after another scuffle, the Frenchman received a new ‘warning’ that already cost him the loss of a point.

Paire then requested the presence of the tournament supervisor, Jorge Mandl, who tried to calm him down. In vain.

Totally out of the game, the Frenchman played one last game serving without really wanting to play, even committing a double fault at the last point when the ball boy was still on the court.

Paire, 31 years old and world No. 29, ended up losing 4-6, 6-3 and 6-1 in 1h.47 ’to Cerúndolo, 22, 137th in the ranking and brother of the surprising champion of last week in the Córdoba ATP, also in Argentina, Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, who won the title in his first ATP main draw appearance. Francisco will play in the quarterfinals against the Spanish Pablo Andújar.