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Biofile: Benoit Paire Interview

Benoit_Paire[1]

Status: ATP #41. Won one career ATP singles title at 2015 Swedish Open

Age: 27.

First Tennis Memory: “I don’t have a lot of memories because I wasn’t watching a lot of tennis but I’m gonna say…what can I say…maybe when I went to the Open 12 in France in Marseilles. I saw (Arnaud) Clement play, for me he was a big star. He gave me a towel and for me that was a big moment [smiles].”

Tennis Inspirations: “For me, Marat Safin. He’s a very good player, very interesting to watch, a very good backhand, good serve, I return a bit like him. He was better, but [smiles].”

Current Car: “Ah, I don’t have license [smiles].”

Last Book Read: “A singer in France, he gave me his book and I read it.”

Greatest Sports Moment: “Winning Swedish Open two years ago or fourth round at US Open (beat Nishikori in first round), I think for me it was a good moments.”

Most Painful Moment: “I think in Key Biscayne four years ago against Llodra. It was a puzzlement because he was a good friend and we had a fight on the court. I don’t like it.

Favorite Tournament: “I’m gonna say Roland Garros.”

Strangest Match: “Yeah, I’m gonna say one more time against Llodra. Because it was strange and I don’t know what happened.”

Closest Tennis Friend(s): “I’m gonna say Wawrinka.”

Funniest Player Encountered: “Matosevic [smiles].”

Favorite Sport Outside Tennis: “Football – soccer.”

Funny Tennis Memory: “Nothing.”

Embarrassing Tennis Memory: “I feel so bad the first time I played Federer. It was the worst. Because for me Federer is the best player in the world. For me, when I’m against him on the court, it’s tough, I don’t play against Federer, I play against the most perfect player. And it’s very difficult.”

Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: “Didier Drogba. And…who can I say…Clement Grenier, he’s a French player for football. And Wawrinka.”

Why Do You Love Playing Tennis: “Because it’s a sport to entertain. We’re on the court and we have to choose what we want to do. We could do what we want and for me it’s the most important.”

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “I think Clement because we live an hour away. He lives in Aix-en-Provence, I practice in Aix-en-Provence. So he was the first guy that I meet.”

People Qualities Most Admired: “Honesty.”

PHOTO CREDIT: HENK ABBINK

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5 comments

  • Hartt · February 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Had not realized that Paire has just 1 ATP singles title.

    Love his comment about playing Federer. Imagine he is not the only player who feels like that. :)

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · February 14, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Paire should have won more titles as he is an amazing talent. He looked superb today vs Cilic with so many flashes of brilliance and awe-inspiring tennis but he couldn’t get the job done. The sixth game of the third set at 3-2 he had six break points to get the break back but he couldn’t do it and then just basically tanked after that. At the 2-5 changeover Paire was seen packing his bags. He lost the last game at love. Physically athletically Paire is a beautiful talent and super mover but his mind and heart lacks that ferocious fighting spirit that it takes to be a top notch elite pro player.

  • Hartt · February 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

    I saw parts of that match with Cilic and Paire looked like he was limping at times, so that may explain why he basically went away in the third set.

    As you say, he is an amazing talent. I would like to root for him but find he is too much of a head case. But it is sad when a player does not fulfill his potential.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · February 15, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Hartt: I believe 90% of all tennis injuries could be bluffs :)

  • Bryan · February 21, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    “Key Biscayne four years ago against Llodra. It was a puzzlement because he was a good friend and we had a fight on the court.”

    LOL I remember that. Paire is a mental midget. Who the hell gets in a fist fight with their friend anywhere, let alone on an actual tennis court?

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