“It’s fine their tournament, but for me, I think it’s crap, and what happened is shameful! “After his loss to Egor Gerasimov (6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5) upon entering the running, Benoit Paire did not mince his words. Placed among the 72 players who had to undergo strict isolation for two weeks, the Avignon player does not digest his truncated preparation for the Australian Open and does not hesitate to turn on the organizers.
“There is a positive case in the theft and the whole flight is in quarantine! I did not sign for that, rehashes the world No. 28. There was also a positive case on the flight to Adelaide (Editor’s note: where the best in the world were housed), but there we had time to take blood samples, etc. We were told to quarantine! I do not understand that it is not the same for everyone. To me, this is scandalous. “
He spent his days in bed before the tournament
The Habs, who suffer from the elbow, are all the more disappointed because they were counting on the pre-tournament to compensate for a training deficit. That he could hardly fill by spending his days in bed, lack of motivation for physical work … In short, tested positive for Covid-19 and isolated at the US Open, true-false positive before Roland-Garros and embarked on a plane that he shouldn’t have taken (he had missed his) to reach Melbourne, Paire really hasn’t had a “pussy”, to use his favorite expression, for six months.
“As long as it’s not simple, I find it hard to understand how it is that we organize tournaments, when we do not feel welcome. It’s all about the money. That’s it, actually. There is a huge loss if they don’t make the tournament. No matter what, there has to be a tournament. Afterwards, most of the players think that there is a little bit of money to be made and they come for that. Me first, I also play for money. But if you have to make so many sacrifices and it turns out so badly, let it be such a hassle, at some point you just have to say stop. It becomes borderline grotesque. For me, tennis is not that. Frankly, I’m not enjoying it. “
Two positive points for the Frenchman, who will then set sail for South America: he will be able to enjoy drinking or eating on the terrace, in the fresh air, before playing in the doubles tournament… and he has not gone wild. on the court, which would have been easy given his liabilities in this area. “With the little training and the little physical condition that I have, I managed to surpass myself, not to say a word, he breathes. I am really very satisfied and very proud of what I have done. “
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