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As if the performance on Monday wasn't inglorious enough. Instead, Benoit Paire added another one on Tuesday.
Briefly again to the history: In New York the Frenchman tested positive for Corona and was therefore not allowed to take part in the Grand Slam tournament. Instead, Paire had to stay in his hotel room, according to the security measures of the organizers and authorities. Finally, after the quarantine obligation expired, he was able to travel to Rome.
Once there, Paire was hoping for a time admission from the Italian hosts. He would have preferred to play his opening match against Jannik Sinner on Tuesday instead of directly on Monday. For understandable reasons, Paire was unable to train recently. But the ATP and the organizers declined this request. Paire was angry and wrote on social networks: "A program full of shit! Thank you @InteBNLdItalia (Note: The Masters Twitter account). I asked to play Tuesday. To be able to train one more day after, what happened in New York. And what did you guys do? Put me on Monday. "
All returns listlessly fired across the square
So the Frenchman had to go straight to the opening day. And at 2: 6, 1: 6 it was a shameful performance. Got bogged down in discussions with the referee, kicked water bottles on the pitch and didn't see any point in removing them. In the end, in the last service game of the Italian, all the returns were fired listlessly over the court.
And the explanation for it? Just as weak and silly as the performance on Monday. Paire sarcastically: "I didn't play for ten days, I was only allowed to be in my room. So it was good training. I'm happy to have played an hour. That makes me positive for the future." Calling a Masters match publicly as training will most certainly not taste very good for the ATP bosses. And not for tennis or pairing fans either.
Let's see how it works out today. From 12.30 p.m. the Frenchman will be on the square with his partner Nicolas Mahut.
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