Benoît Paire wants to leave his racquet in his bag. The tennis player spoke on Monday of his desire to take a “break” after his new defeat in the first round of an ATP tournament on Monday in Stuttgart against the Italian Lorenzo Sonego (7-5, 6-2).
“Tennis break for an indefinite period”, he wrote on his Instagram account in the caption of a photo where we see him taking his head in his hands. In Germany, Paire, 33, conceded his 15th defeat in the first round of the season. Apart from his two qualifying victories in Madrid in early May, he has only won three matches on the main circuit in 2022: two at the Australian Open in January and the last in Geneva in mid-May.
Nineteenth in the world shortly before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, which he experienced very badly like the drastic conditions put in place for the recovery tournaments, he fell back to 80th in the world.