Frustrated Frenchman Benoit Paire said on Sunday he just didn’t care after losing in the Monte Carlo Masters first round to Australian Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-6(5).

The No, 33 has not won a match since February 24 in Argentina and has now lost six in a row.

The heavily bearded player has never hidden his disgust at the total lack of ambience in the crowd-free ATP tournaments – now the new normal due to  the COVID pandemic.

“I have no expectations – I don’t care,” he said, “There’s no magic. What is the pleasure playing like this? 

“It’s great to come here but this is like a practice session. If you’ve experienced the Tour the only thing you want is to just go away.”

Paire has for months made no secret that under current strictures, he’s just in it for the (reduced) prize money.

“This match doesn’t bring me anything except a bit more money (EUR 12,000).

“Normally this court (overlooking the Mediterranean) is one of the most beautiful in the world – it seems like we are in a cemetery.”

He added: “Whether you win a point or miss, it’s the same. There’s no atmosphere. It’s the same thing.

“(This) normal life is s••t. The only pleasure I have is when I’m home without my mask and I don’t care about the COVID. 

“That’s when I feel good., said the 31-year-old based in Geneva.”


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