The trip to the French Open was comforting to Benoit Paire being it was his homeland and he was allowed to play. He had success at the opening round at Roland Garros, defeating Kwon Soon-woo of South Korea in three sets.
The Frenchman was able to continue onto the second round defeating the Argentinian Federico Coria in four tough sets. But what went on before the French Open action might have been taken from movie set.
The coronavirus pandemic came to an apex when he played at the Western and Southern
The opener was with Borna Coric which he was losing 6-1, 1-0. Paire started feeling unwell and days later proved positive for COVID-19. This meant he wasn't able to finish the Cincinnati event happening in NY and had to withdraw from the U.S.
Open before it started. After being quarantined he traveled on to Rome. He'd wanted to play on a Tuesday to have an extra day to practice, but was denied by the Rome organizers and given a Monday competition day with Italy's Jannik Sinner.
Paire being so infuriated with testing and living in a bubble plus not being able to play in some tournaments acted out on the court. He kicked water bottles, threw his racket, yelled and more. Paire ranked no. 24 just had a meltdown.
The Frenchman explained to the Baseline mediat that he "had not played in 10 days, staying in my room. It was a good training, I'm happy I played one hour. The hour of antics with Sinner was a release of tension but he was able to play doubles.
It was more enjoyable and he'd got as far as the second round and was done. The Hamburg Open was another frustration for Benoit Pair when during routine tests he proved positive twice for the virus. The third test came up negative and he played his opening round with Casper Ruud.
Paire was down a set and 2 games when he'd start to feel lightheaded and withdrew immediately. Testing positive isn't only an indicator of the person's health but their ability to be able to play and make a living.
Paire's fear was that he wouldn't be able to play the French Open. There was a change in policy for testing at the French and with his last testing at Hamburg, came up negative so Roland Garros decided to take that into account allowing him to play.
"I did one test when I arrived [in Paris], negative. I was really happy about it." He was also happy to get the win at the opening round. Paire admitted though that "I was scared about the test...I'm tired physically.
I'm tired mentally." Benoit Paire is having a better time now and has joined with Adrian Mannarino to play doubles. They're going on to the 2nd round and hopefully with success to follow. Paire wishes to extend his visit at Roland Garros as far as possible with staying healthy and playing smart enough to continue winning.