Benoit Paire has branded the ATP Tour ‘sad, boring, and ridiculous’ in an extraordinary rant about conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.
The volatile Frenchman made the wrong kind of headlines when he spat on the court and tanked at the Argentinian Open last week.
This week, he was playing in Chile, where he lost to Danish teenager Holger Rune.
And afterwards, he had some choice words to share about the state of men’s tennis during the coronavirus times.
“I will talk about the ATP circuit which has become sad, boring and ridiculous,” Paire wrote on Instagram.
“I know you are going to say you don’t realize how lucky you are blah-blah-blah, but playing in closed stadiums without any atmosphere [isn’t] that why I play tennis.
“Having to stay either at the hotel or at the tennis club and be forbidden to go out on pain of exclusion and a fine… is this the pleasure of traveling?
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“Tennis [has] become a tasteless job. So yes I need time to adapt to this pseudo ATP circuit but I will make the efforts to try to just rediscover the pleasure of playing tennis.
“I am not talking about results I’m going to go play Acapulco and Miami after thinking a lot, and my goal will be just to have a smile on the field and enjoy hitting a ball.
“If I win yes, if I lose I really don’t care.”
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