The Frenchman threw in the towel after losing the first set 7-6 against Russia’s Vatutin at the Challenger tournament in Milan.
Benoît Paire announced on June 7 that he wanted to take a break for “an indefinite period” with tennis after being released by the Italian Sonego in Stuttgart, on grass, his third defeat in a row in the first round of a tournament.
The Avignonnais has decided to return to the courts this week at the Challenger tournament in Milan before lining up at Wimbledon next week. But the 76e world player, who had expressed his fed up with tennis at the beginning of the month, experienced a new disappointment in Italy.
Opposed to 293e world player, the French gave up the first set (7-6) after having led 6-3 and obtained two three first set balls. Badly embarked on the Lombard clay, Paire finally decided to give up.