In the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000, Benoit Paire lost on his debut for the seventh consecutive tournament. The Frenchman had to deal with some physical and mental health problems in the final part of last season and, this year, he is not showing the best tennis of him.
To beat him on Monegasque soil was Lorenzo Musetti, who then left the tournament in the round of 16 losing in three sets to a solid Diego Schwartzman. Benoit said: "Losing is not that bad, what interests me is the way I am training.
I feel a lot of pressure in the decisive points; a pressure I shouldn't feel. I've been injured several times this year, I've barely won three games, but I'm here. I was lucky to have the opportunity to play. It's a shame because when I feel like I'm training well, I don't play as well in a match.
Benoit Paire: "I can't care less about Tsonga's retirement"
I don't understand why. I train well, but all the games get super complicated. I still have a lot of ambitions, I'm happy with what I'm doing.
I'm trying. I train twice a day, I go to the gym. In the end, I play better when I train less. I always hated losing, but now I don't get mad I don't win. I don't know what to do, really. I tried to hire a coach, but the problem is another.
I don't want to go to a psychologist, I don't care, I know that everything will be as it was before. I just need to win a couple of games this year to get things back on track." Paire finally focused on the future of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who announced the future retirement at the Roland Garros: "Honestly, I couldn't care less.
It's his career. He was a great player, an excellent tennis player, but I prefer to focus on myself. Things are difficult for me too," said the Frenchman.