In a press conference Benoit Paire spoke about the video where he said hi to Marion Bartoli after getting criticized by her for his US Open actions. The Frenchman was on holidays in Mykonos. "I was drinking a bit. We are human.
When we do not play a tournament and we are on holidays, we have the right to enjoy ourselves a bit", said Paire who defeated Gregoire Barriere on Friday at the Moselle Open. On getting criticized by Bartoli, Paire said: "We already spoke of it, I do not want to speak again.
When you are an analyst and former player, the least you can do is to respect players on Tour. Try not to be too critical, she was a player herself too and she knows it was not always easy for us. Sometimes I find inappropriate comments but I have no issues with Marion, I just say hi."
Asked if he is looking for his revenge against Aljaz Bedene who beat him some weeks ago in New York, the 30-year-old Avignon native concluded: "He is an opponent like the others. It's not because of the US Open loss that it will really be a special one.
I spoke with Gilles Simon who told me he served very well so I will have to return well. All of us players argue with someone. I just want to reach the final", admitted Paire, who will try to reach his ninth career-final. He won three and lost five."