French tennis star Benoit Paire insists he is happy to be playing the week before the US Open at the Winston-Salem Open as he is motivated to make a deep run at the event and enter the last Grand Slam of the season full of confidence.
The top-seeded Frenchman, who is making a sixth Winston-Salem appearance this week, has progressed into his first quarterfinal at the event following his wins over India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran and fellow compatriot Ugo Humbert respectively.
Paire's decision to play an event the week before the French Open earlier this season paid off as the world No. 30 won it all on the clay of Lyon after beating rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final. "I am really happy to be here, really happy to be No.
1 for sure,” Paire told the tournament's website. “I’m really happy to be playing matches before the US Open. The week before Roland Garros I won the tournament in Lyon and then I played very good at Roland Garros, made a run to the final 16.
So it’s good for me to gain some confidence here and I’m trying to do my best." Paire will be fighting against former world No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in the Winston-Salem semifinal.