World No. 61 Benoit Paire admits he gets tight in key moments of his matches and that's one of the main reasons behind him dropping eight consecutive matches on the ATP Tour. On Tuesday, Paire suffered a first round defeat in Monte Carlo as Lorenzo Musetti handed the Frenchman a 6-2 6-7 (4) 6-2 loss.
Paire missed out on five set points in the ninth game of the second set, two more set points in the 11th game, but managed to win the tie-break to force a decider. After winning a tight second set, Paire suffered a stunning collapse and easily lost the third set.
Paire's lone two wins on the main level came at the Australian Open, where he reached the third round. Other than that, Paire hasn't advanced past the first round as he is 0-9 in those tournaments. Last month in Indian Wells, Paire was 6-2 5-2 up against Dominik Koepfer before he suffered a stunning collapse and lost in three sets.
"No, I have no word for it. I just see what needs to happen for me to win a set point. I need the opponent to make a mistake, otherwise I can't win. All those latest matches I played I was up and almost going to win them and I ended up losing them," Paire said.
Paire on if he feels pressure when on the court
"Well, yes. It's the same when I had my driving test or when people go to an exam at university, they feel anxious. Well, instead of thinking the court is great, there is a good crowd, it's beautiful weather, instead of thinking that, I start asking myself questions about my forehand, about my backhand.
I didn't ask myself those questions before," Paire explained. "It's a pity, because I feel physically good and my tennis is good. But when I'm on the court, I feel heavy, I feel tired. That is what is tough."
When asked about the prospect of seeing a therapist, Paire said no. "I don't know. I don't know what to do. I tried to have a coach. I had one for Indian Wells and Miami. It was Edouard's coach. But what happens is in my mind," Paire said.
"I don't want to go and see a pychologist. I'm not interested. It's going to come back."
Benoit Paire on his recent mental struggles:
"Instead of thinking the court is great, there is a good crowd, it's beautiful weather, I start asking myself questions about my fh, about my bh."