‘Why beat me like crazy: I take some money, I lose and to the next tournament’

Competing is not currently the controversial French player’s priority Benoit Paire, who accepts his losses in the first round while there is a Covid-19 pandemic, jumping from bubble to bubble consecutively entering easy money.

A win in February against world number 1,165, the Chilean Nicolas Jarry (back after a long doping sanction), in Cordova, Argentina, is the only one of the year for Paire, 31 years old and ranked 18th in the world in 2016.

Except for the ATP 250 event in Córdoba and Roland Garros, both passing a round, the bearded Frenchman has lost his first match in all the tournaments he has played since the tour was resumed last August after a five-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

His last defeat came in the inaugural round of the ATP 500 in Acapulco (Mexico), against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas by 6-3 and 6-1 in 68 minutes. He will then play the ATP Masters 1000 in Miami.

“I lost in the first round, which is better because I will be able to get out of the bubble pretty quickly and enjoy a few days before Miami,” Paire told the newspaper. L’Équipe In an interview.

Tennis is not my priority. Getting out of the bubble is the only goal

“Tennis is not my priority at the moment. Getting out of the bubble is the only goal I have in each tournament ”.

Paire has faced numerous penalties throughout his career, including expulsion from the Rio 2016 Olympics by the French delegation for spending too much time away from the athletes’ village.

Last week he said that playing matches in empty stadiums and following strict COVID-19 protocols has made the tour “sad, boring and ridiculous.”

Earlier this month, Paire exploded in the Buenos Aires ATP, Argentina Open. After an argument with the chair umpire, he spat on the court. Angry, he wasted all his serves in what would be the last game, expressly failing.

The revised qualification system due to the pandemic has meant that Paire has not dropped in the ATP rankings and the Frenchman is currently ranked 31st, allowing him to enter the main draw of tournaments.

Paire, who has professional earnings of more than $ 8.5 million in prizesHe said he had stopped working with a coach. “I arrive, I take some money and I go to the next tournament: I do my job,” he said.

Why pound me like crazy to earn just a little more?

“If you win an ATP 250 you only get $ 30,000. Me, with a bye (exemption) in the first round I took 10,000 every time I lost in the debut. Why pound me like crazy to earn just a little more? “