Benoit Paire can walk away from Paris knowing he is feeling the love but it hasn’t always been that way.
It’s fair to say it has been a love and hate relationship at times with the French crowd but he leaves Roland Garros this year with ultimate respect.
However in February it was the opposite.
It has been a rocky relationship and earlier on in the year he arrived in Marseille and lost 6-3 6-2 to David Goffin and frustrations during the match got the better of him which resulted in an eventual point penalty and racket smash. This was followed by the Frenchman being booed off by his home crowd with them unhappy with his supposed effort and fight.
Paire can however do things like this;
He has undeniable brilliance!
He has just turned 30 and it is fair to say that in his career he hasn’t maybe achieved what he could have but is having a good year on the tour.
When the next rankings come out he will be back in the top 30 about 10 places off his career high of 18 in the world in a season that has also seen him win his second and third career title and first for four years.
Here is just a few more of his amazing shots…
Just imagine if you add some more consistency to the results…
He is the tennis version of The Greatest Showman. I could sit here and watch him all day.
The crowds in Paris love a show and he put that on at Roland Garros. The week before he won the title in Lyon and backed it up with good performances, fight and of course entertainment.
He began his tournament with a routine four set win against Marius Copil before putting himself in danger from two sets up against fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert but scrapped through at 11-9 in the fifth.
In round three he has Carreno Busta but with Paire two sets to one up the Spaniard withdrew injured which led to that match with Kei.
Kei didn’t play great and was forced into a lot of errors from Paire who has beaten him at a major before. Benoit did a great job of digging deep winning the second and fourth sets both 10-8 on the tie-break but despite leading the fifth couldn’t see it through.
I hope this form continues as even outside of the last few weeks he has been impressive this season.