Benoit Paire has used the absence of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic from the Miami Masters as proof he was right about tennis at the moment.
Paire has openly been critical of the ATP Tour right now, saying reduced prize money and life inside COVID secure bubbles had rendered him happy to lose in the first round in every tournament he plays.
Roger Federer was the first of the big three to pull out of Miami, saying he required a ‘training block’ after his comeback from injury in Doha.
Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, says he needs to focus on clay court preparations, and Novak Djokovic is taking some time with his family.
Paire, though, believes all three, and others, likely would have been there if conditions were better.
“I say maybe bullsh*t under the influence of impulsiveness,” Benoit Paire wrote on his social media.
“But when I see that the Miami Masters 1000 will be played without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Dominic, Gaël and Stan, there is a problem at the moment on the circuit.”
Je dis peut être des conneries sous le coup de l’impulsivité mais quand je vois que le master 1000 de Miami va se jouer sans Roger, Rafa,Novak,Dominic,Gaël et Stan c est qu il y a un problème en ce moment sur le circuit.. #bubble #prizemoney
— paire benoit (@benoitpaire) March 19, 2021
Meanwhile, Toni Nadal, Rafael Nadal’s uncle and former coach, has criticised Paire for his recent comments, insisting that it shows a complete lack of commitment to tennis.
“With his words he does not do any good to tennis and him either,” he said.
“He should have not said that. It shows how small his commitment is on the Tour.”
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