French tennis star Benoit Paire gave credit to rising Danish star Holger Rune after losing to the Dane in the Santiago round-of-16. Paire, who was seeded at No. 2 in the Santiago main draw, had a first round bye at the tournament before Rune beat him 6-2 6-3.
The two players were tied at 1-1 after the opening two games before Rune claimed back-to-back breaks and a 5-1 lead, before serving out for the opener in the eighth game. It was Paire's third consecutive loss. ''Firstly congratulations to Holger whom I appreciate a lot I wish him good luck for his career,'' Paire said in an Instagram post.
''Secondly, a big thank you to my relatives who sent me messages of support that really do me good.' '
Paire not enjoying tennis at the moment
World No. 29 Paire is planning to play at the Miami Masters and Acapulco but he has noted that he doesn't enjoy playing tennis at the moment.
''Third I will talk about the ATP circuit which has become sad, boring and ridiculous .. I know you are going to say you don't realize how lucky you are blah-blah-blah, but playing in closed stadiums without any atmosphere Isn't that why I play tennis .., have to stay either at the hotel or at the tennis club and be forbidden to go out on pain of exclusion and a fine, or is the pleasure of traveling? tennis and become a tasteless job ..
So yes I need time to adapt to this pseudo ATP circuit but I will make the efforts to try to just rediscover the pleasure of playing tennis .. I am not talking about results I I'm going to go play Acapulco and Miami after thinking a lot, and my goal will be just to have a smile on the field and enjoy kicking a ball, that I win yes that I lose I really don't care,'' Paire admitted.