Benoit Paire has finally seen a degree of pushback on his recent crusade against tennis with the FFT banning him from the Olympics.
Paire has been vocal in his disdain for the realities of playing tennis during the coronavirus pandemic.
He deliberately tanked in a match at the Argentina Open earlier this year, serving a series of obvious double faults in the final game.
Paire later openly admitted he was happy to lose matches in the first round, as getting out of the bio-secure COVID bubble was his ‘priority’ with prize money available for going deep in tournaments no longer worth his effort.
Remarkably, the ATP have allowed it all to carry on unchallenged, although the French Tennis Federation has now acted, saying his behaviour is not something they want to represent them in Tokyo.
“Responsibility, for our sport and for France, on a proposal from the DTN and in consultation with Sébastien Grosjean, the Comex has decided to exclude Benoît Paire from the future list of players who will represent the FFT and France this summer at Tokyo,” Gilles Moretton, president of the FFT, said.
“His behaviour, which has been deeply inappropriate since the start of the year, seriously undermines the values of sport, such as tennis, and is totally incompatible with the Olympic spirit.
“I repeat, it is the duty of each player and each high-level player to respect the values of our sport and it is up to them to be exemplary on the court as well as off, especially vis-à-vis the young people of our country.”
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