Controversial complainer Benoit Paire who keeps droning on about the uninspiring state of the ATP tournament ambience during the COVID era was on Friday tossed off the French Tokyo Olympic team list.
Spain’s MARCA said that the national federation finally had enough of the whinging and cut their losses by giving the No. 35 the official boot.
“Faced with the repetition of profoundly inappropriate behavior by Benoit Paire, the FFT Executive Committee, at the suggestion of sporting director Nicolas Escudé and in consultation with Sebastian Grosjean, team captain French Davis Cup has decided to exclude the player from a possible selection for the next Tokyo Olympics,” a federation statement read.
Paire has long rivalled Aussie NIck Kyrgios as a tennis bad boy, getting locked down prior to the US Open, breaking quarantine after then testing positive for COVID-19.
After 10 days of isolation, he returned to the court and all but gave up in his opening match with Jannik Sinner, a party trick he has repeated frequently since, while adding that he’s generally only around to pick up first-round loser money on the Tour.
Paire has lost seven straight matches in the last two months and dropped 13 out of 15 since the Roland Garros first round in October.
The 31-year-old stands fourth in the national rankings, trailing Gael Monfils (15th), Ugo Humbert (31) and Adrian Mannarino (34).