Published on : 23/04/2021 – 15:19
The French Tennis Federation (FFT) decided on Friday to deprive Benoit Paire, 35th in the ATP ranking, of the Tokyo Olympics. In question: its multiple outbursts in recent months.
Benoit Paire will not go to the Tokyo Olympics. The current 35e in the ATP ranking and No. 4 in France, will not be able to claim a selection for the France team because of “the repetition of deeply displaced behavior”, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) announced on Friday April 23.
“Given the repetition of deeply inappropriate behavior on the part of Benoît Paire, the FFT Executive Committee, on the proposal of the DTN, Nicolas Escudé, and in consultation with Sébastien Grosjean, captain of the French Davis Cup team, has decided to exclude the player from a possible selection for the next Olympic Games, “she said in a statement, referring to the misconduct and controversial statements of Pair in recent weeks, during the tournaments of Buenos Aires and Monte-Carlo in particular.
At the beginning of March in Buenos Aires, during his defeat upon his entry into contention against the Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo (4-6, 6-3, 6-1), classified beyond the 100e world place, Paire, 31, had multiplied the deviations of behavior: he had spat on a disputed mark judged against him by the referee, had yelled several curses and completely sabotaged his end of the game, including the lost match point on a gross double fault.
He had added a provocation on social networks in the wake, posting a photo of his page on the ATP site showing his $ 8.5 million in career earnings, accompanied by the comment “finally it’s worth it to be zero “.
The ethics committee of the FFT then seized on these facts, but, in its opinion delivered in mid-March, Paire, who had sent a letter of apology to the body, had escaped a sanction.
“The formal and public observation of its breaches of the Ethics Charter constitutes a sufficient measure, without it being necessary at this stage to refer it to the competent disciplinary bodies”, he considered.
But the new provocative statements of Benoît Paire after his defeat in the first round of the Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo ten days ago have changed the situation.
“Whether I win or lose, I don’t care, it happens to me light years away. Winning or losing in such conditions, I don’t care,” he said after bowing against Australian Jordan Thompson after three hours of match (6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/5).
“Play fucking tennis, play tennis, stop! Play! These are not matches that I play here, I give matches. What’s the use of training if it’s to do that? Nothing at all. . If it’s to do that, stay home. You’re playing a bad guy. ” https://t.co/vQSClOvyno
— Quentin Moynet (@QuentinMoynet) April 19, 2021
“I took 12,000 euros to be in a quiet hotel, after I go home,” he had again launched.
The FFT offered support to Benoît Paire, “to help him get through the current period, which he is obviously experiencing particularly difficultly, so that he can regain serenity, confidence and pleasure in playing and showing proof in the future. of irreproachable behavior, worthy of his talent “.