For years, Benoit Paire has been among the top 50 tennis players in the world. Throughout his career, he introduced us to his temperamental side, short fuse, but also controversial statements, such as when he poured a barrage of criticism on the organizers of the Australian Open in February this year.
At one time, the world number 18 wasn't so good in the first round of the Masters in Monte Carlo, but it seems that the fact that he was eliminated by about 30 places lower-ranked Australian Jordan Thomson did not upset him at all.
"I don't care about this match. All I have to do is play the doubles and then go home, a two-hour drive from here. Coming to these cemeteries frustrates me and makes me depressed." "We tell ourselves we're going to Monte Carlo, one of the best tournaments in the world.
, and then we come here and see an empty complex and a sad atmosphere." "I feel worthless when I go out on the field. The whole tour is rotten. But at least I have 12,000 euros. You will say I'm just talking about money, but I take 12,000 euros and stay calm in the hotel and then I go home.
That's perfect, "said the 31-year-old tennis player.
It seems that the Coronavirus pandemic seriously affected the "head" of the Frenchman, as well as his enthusiasm on the tennis courts. He has tied six defeats in the last six tournaments in less than two months, and since February last year when the pandemic started to shake the planet, he has a score of 25 failures and only five triumphs.
"For dead tennis rats, it's certainly great to come to Monte Carlo. If you know the opportunities on the Tour, as well as in Monte Carlo, and you see what it looks like today, you feel like throwing yourself into the water."
"Everyone is talking about how it is a normal life, but for me, it is not. Normal life is s*** right now. As well as the ATP Tour. I only feel good when I'm at home and I don't have to wear a mask. I am the only one who is happy there ", concluded Paire.
The pandemic has caused great problems in the world, and as we can see, it will have a great impact on the mental health of many. This could also be assumed given the measures that exist.