French tennis player Benoit Paire suffered another early exit on Monday but he wasn't particularly concerned by it. Paire, ranked at No. 35 in the world, suffered a 6-4 6-3 loss to Stefano Travaglia in the Rome Masters first round.
Last week, Paire beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Madrid Masters first round to a seven-match losing streak. Paire is now again on a two-match losing streak as before the Travaglia loss, he was beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Madrid second round.
"I'm still No. 35, I take advantage of the system. Next week, if I lose R1, it's as if I had made the final <...> I'm still in the draws. I'll have to win 1 or 2 matches to be in the Masters 1000s this summer <...> I am not in a hurry to find my best level," Paire said after losing to Travaglia.
I'm still No. 35, I take advantage of the system. Next week, if I lose R1, it's as if I had made the final <...> I'm still in the draws. I'll have to win 1 or 2 matches to be in the Masters 1000s this summer <...> I am not in a hurry to find my best level.https://t.co/99V2DGhl9S — Oleg S.
(@AnnaK_4ever) May 10, 2021
Paire was happy to have fans in Madrid
"It had been a very long time since I entered a court with people around me supporting me. Being in empty stadiums is not something that I like. So being in Madrid in a Davis Cup atmosphere with French people who support me from start to finish, it makes me feel good and makes me love tennis again.
That’s why I play and it warms my heart,” Paire said during a recent interview with L’Equipe, as revealed on Ubitennis. "It’s a tough time for me. I have trouble feeling good in my head, in my legs, in my tennis … But I don’t just play for myself, I also play for the people who are there and who support me.
I had to, for the recognition of this support, not to let go. It was not easy, I had to put myself in my head.’ Paire said.
“For me, it’s a bit like the start of my season.’
“I know that a lot of people criticized me and I really wanted to show them that they can be silent”.