This end of the 2020 season looks like an endless ordeal for Benoît Paire. Forced into isolation at the US Open and then in Hamburg due to positive tests for the coronavirus, the Frenchman is mentally worn and cannot hide it on the court. On Wednesday, he conceded his 4th defeat in 5 games since the season resumed in August. He thus lost as soon as he entered the competition in the 2nd round of the Cologne tournament against the Austrian Dennis Novak, 94th player in the world, in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) and a little over an hour of game (exactly 1h04).
As too often in recent times, Paire has been unable to maintain a certain level of intensity and physical commitment. Yet author of an entry break, the French then lost four consecutive games, multiplying unforced errors. Clearly annoyed, he made the price pay the ball and even seemed on the point of throwing in the towel at the end of the first set, but the supervisor, his compatriot Cédric Mourier, dissuaded him.
“The sooner you finish, the sooner you come home”
During the dialogue between the two men, the Avignon resident spoke of stomach aches, but he did not take any medical time out. Broken from the start of the second set almost without a fight and with two double faults in passing, Paire seemed on the point of completely letting the match go. The lack of pace has also distracted Novak who also made a few gifts to allow the French to break free. But the latter did not take the opportunity to relaunch, dropping his own service in the process. A match to forget, one more for the 26th player in the world at this sad end of the year 2020.
What Benoît Paire did not seem to have trouble doing to believe his reaction, just a few minutes after the match point. “No Cologne next week … happy to come back“he congratulated on Twitter, referring to his extended stay in the New York bubble a few weeks ago.”We really piss off on the Tour, the sooner you finish, the sooner you come home“he rejoiced, concluding with a perfect hashtag that speaks volumes about his lack of fun on the courts recently.