Benoit Paire: 'Whether you like or not, I am a champion'

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Benoit Paire: 'Whether you like or not, I am a champion'

In an interview to Le Figaro Benoit Paire analyzed how his season went so far. The French player said: "It's by far the best one. I won two titles (Marrakech, Lyon). I reached the Grand Slams fourth rounds twice (French Open and Wimbledon).

I was a bit behind in the Masters 1000s but it was a successful season. My best ranking was No. 18 (in January 2016). I have two nice goals for the end of the season: finishing as France's No. 2 and the Davis Cup." On his behaviour, Paire added: "It was good.

I am enjoying a lot and I broke many rackets this year, but sometimes i felt people are waiting for it. At the US Open for example I did not break rackets." But he did not shake his opponent Aljaz Bedene's hand. "Why should I shake the hand of somebody who lacks of respect toward me? He almost insulted me.

I did not congratulate him." On why he plays a packed tournaments schedule, Paire added: "I know myself and I know I can do better in a Tournament than in a one week training session. It's in tournaments that I gain confidence.

If I train too much, I know I will be tired mentally and physically. If I trained more seriously, I would have stopped playing tennis! I feel better when I play tournaments and matches. As soon as I am tired of tennis, I have to take a break.

My tournaments without a tournament are not that useful." On how he sees himself once his career ends, Paire concluded: "I would like to create a family. I am single and I have no children. I would like to stay in tennis because it's a sport I like.

I do not myself as a coach because you have to travel all the time. And if one day I will become a consultant, I will be a bit funnier speaking of the French players." Some days ago on Instagram Paire answered criticism coming from outside: "I am a champion, whatever you like it or not."