Benoit Paire opens on importance of mental strength in tennis



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Benoit Paire opens on importance of mental strength in tennis

French tennis player Benoit Paire underlined the importance of mental strength in tennis after just narrowly avoiding another shocking loss. Paire has had a rough 2022 season and his main problem this year has been closing out sets and matches.

This season, Paire lost several times matches that seemed to be already won and on Monday he was on the verge of suffering another stunning collapse. In the Geneva first round, Paire had a 7-5 5-3 lead versus Emil Ruusuvuori but the match went into a decider.

Fortunately for Paire, he regained his focus and managed to beat the Finn 7-5 5-7 6-4. "I had served for the match six or seven times and each time I had lost it - I served 6-2 5-2 against Koepfer in Indian Wells, and 5-4 40-0 against Lajovic, I also managed to lose.

So of course we think about this series. In those moments, I no longer feel my legs, I am paralysed. In tennis, we talk a lot about forehands, backhands, but in the end we realize that 99% of it is in the head. And when you're confident, it's easier to win a match," Paire explained, per We Love Tennis.

Paire recovered from a second set collapse

Paire failed to serve out for the first set in the 10th game but broke Ruusuvuori again in the 11th game and served out for the opener in the following game. After winning the first set, Paire broke Ruusuvuori in the fifth game of the second set to take a 3-2 lead.

Paire was 5-3 up in the second set, before suffering a collapse and losing the next four games and the set eventually. It seemed like Paire would once again lose what seemed to be an already won match but fortunately for him he regained his focus in the third set as he broke Ruusuvuori in the ninth game and served out for the match in the following game. Paire plays Casper Ruud next.