French tennis star Benoit Paire is desperate to see the fans back to the stands as playing behind the closed doors isn't something that he enjoys. On Sunday, world No. 35 Paire played his first round match at the Monte Carlo Masters and he lost a tight one as Australian Jordan Thompson claimed a narrow 6-4 6-7 (3) 7-6 (5) win to progress into the second round.
Paire didn't show emotions during the match and he barely showed any reaction. "I have nothing to expect,” Paire told reporters on Sunday in Monte-Carlo, as quoted on Tennis Majors. “I just don’t care.
There’s no magic. What is the pleasure playing like this? Of course, it’s great to come here, but it’s like a practice session. If you’ve experienced the tour and you see how it is now, the only thing you want is to just go away”.
Paire on a six-match losing streak
Paire has now lost six matches in a row and he has also lost 15 of his past 17 matches. "As I told you, I just don’t care,” Paire said. “You don’t know how it is.
This doesn’t bring me anything except a bit more money. But there’s no pleasure in playing. The players who are there say they enjoy playing Monte-Carlo. I respect that a lot. But how sad is this for them? Normally this court is one of the most beautiful courts in the world.
It seems like we are in a cemetery. Whether you win a point or miss, it’s the same. There’s no atmosphere. It’s the same thing”. Nowadays, Paire enjoys being home since he is not required to wear a mask there.
"You’re going to say it’s like normal life, but normal life is shit,” Paire told reporters. “The only pleasure I have is when I’m home without my mask and I don’t care about the COVID. That’s when I feel good”.