Former champion Benoit Paire withdraws from Marrakech



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Former champion Benoit Paire withdraws from Marrakech

World No. 49 Benoit Paire won't be starting his clay season next week as he has withdrawn from Marrakech. Paire, 32, was scheduled to make his fourth appearance in Marrakech this year.

Paire debuted on the clay courts of Marrakech in 2017, when he made the semifinal before losing to Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Paire returned to Marrakech the following year but didn't enjoy another strong run as he was beaten by Gilles Simon in the first round. After a disappointing Marrakech result in 2018, Paire returned to Marrakech in 2019 and captured the title after beating Pablo Andujar in the final.

Paire last played in Miami

Paire didn't enjoy an impressive campaign in Miami was he was beaten by Henri Laaksonen in the first round. Meanwhile, Miami Open sensation Francisco Cerundolo has withdrawn from next week's ATP event in Houston.

Cerundolo, 23, has no previous appearances in Houston.

Cerundolo enjoyed a stunning run in Miami as one of his most impressive wins came against Gael Monfils.

World No. 103 Cerundolo destroyed Monfils 6-2 6-3 for the biggest victory of his career. "It's the victory of my life. I've never hit my forehand that much and I'm happy to have done it that way against such a tough opponent.

Today showed that I have the tennis necessary to win these matches. I played poorly in the previous weeks, but I've been feeling well from the moment I started practicing here. This victory means a lot because on the South American clay court tour I was very close to beating Schwartzman twice, but I didn't know how to stay calm in the decisive moments and I ended up making mistakes when he was returning the balls.

I think those meetings have helped learn how to handle those situations better," Cerundolo said after beating Monfils. Meanwhile, Paire is expected to return to action at the Monte Carlo Masters.