French tennis player Benoit Paire is now followed and cheered by his best friend as the Frenchman simply wants to relax and enjoy the game of tennis. The 28-year-old Frenchman has always had the talent but has never been able to establish himself as a top player on the Tour.
The Frenchman reached a career-high of No. 18 in the world in 2015 and captured his lone ATP title the same year. Paire kicked off his 2018 season on a good tale as he reached last week's Tata Open Maharashtra semi-final in Pune before he made it all the way to this week's Sydney International semi-final.
"This year I changed my staff – now my best friend is traveling with me every week. I think it's important for me to be happy and to enjoy life. He's been with me since Pune, he's going to come to Melbourne, and every week this season.
We can enjoy, we can have a drink after practice – you may laugh, but it's important. After 10 years on tour, we need to enjoy something different. I asked him, and he told me yes. I'm really happy to be with him," Paire revealed.
A couple of years ago, Paire was predicted by Eurosport to be ranked at No. 2 in 2018 -- but he is ranked at No. 42 at the moment. "Big mistake! It's a bad prediction," Paire jokingly said of the prediction.
When asked if it's possible for him to reach that ranking, the Frenchman was straight honest: "No, it’s not possible. I’m going to be honest with you – I hope so, but…" Paire also doesn't seem to be that much bothered by a top-10 ranking.
"I don't know. I just expect to play good, to enjoy myself on court and have fun, to play some good matches in big stadiums. That's what I want to do this year, and I've started well. I just want to win as many matches as I can, and we'll see my ranking at the end of the year.
But I think that prediction is bad," Paire said when asked if he could reach the top-10. Also read: Annabel Croft: 'Nick Kyrgios ultimately does want to do well in Australia' .