Following backlash over the tanking accusations he faced in Buenos Aires last week, Benoit Paire has taken to Instagram to state his case.
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Benoit Paire makes his case on social media
Published Mar 12, 2021
“For me, playing tennis has become a tasteless profession,” the Frenchman posted in a social media caption. “So yes, it takes me sometime to adapt to this pseudo-ATP circuit but I will make the efforts to try to find just the joy of playing tennis again," the world No. 29 wrote.
In his opening-round match against qualifier and eventual runner-up Francisco Cerundolo, Paire got frustrated after a call went against him early in the second set. Since the clay-court events don’t use Hawke-eye, there was no way to verify it. Convinced the ace from Cerundolo was, in fact, a fault, the Frenchman spit on the mark after a heated exchange with the umpire.
Not able to let it go, he found himself down 5-1 in third. Serving to stay in the match, Paire visibly tanked the final game, deliberately smacking two double-faults, taping his last serve well wide. He even hit his last second serve while a ball boy was still on court retrieving the ball from his missed first serve.