World No. 46 Benoit Paire is determined to return to the top-20 in 2022. Paire, 32, achieved his career-high ranking of No. 18 in the world in 2016. Paire had a rough start to the season and he was struggling with consistency throughout the entire year but still managed to finish ranked inside the top-50.
Between February and May, Paire went on a seven-match losing streak. Paire beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Madrid Masters first round to end his seven-match losing streak but then again lost his next seven matches. "For me, 2022 has already begun.
It was a difficult season that I want to forget as soon as possible, there is nothing to remember from 2021. My head is already in 2022 and I feel prepared: I want to return to the top-20 and my intention is to have a great year," Paire told Tennis Actu,
Paire doesn't care about unvaccinated players
Unvaccinated players will not be allowed to compete at the Australian Open and a fully vaccinated Paire doesn't feel for them.
"There is no quarantine anymore in Melbourne if you're vaccinated. Those that are not vaccinated, I don't care about them. If they don't play, all the better for me," Paire told reporters at the Paris Masters.
"I don't care about the other players. I'm motivated to have a great season next year. If there are some people who are reluctant to get vaccinated, then they should stay in Europe. "It's not my problem. You have to be vaccinated to go to Australia.
I am vaccinated and I'm looking forward to playing there." Paire doesn't think there will be any boycott or whatsoever. "At the US Open, everybody was saying that they were going to go on a strike, that they said that they shouldn't get vaccinated to go to Australia, that they were not going to play," Paire said. "But when the season starts again, everybody wants to play."