On April 11, Benoît Paire also got out in the first round of the Rolex Masters Monte-Carlo after his loss to Australian Jordan Thompson, in three sets (6-4, 6-7, 7-5) . Affected by the absence of spectators and the lack of atmosphere in the stands, Benoît Paire relativized thanks to a check for 12,000 euros cashed for his participation.
“Arriving in cemeteries like this depresses me. We say to ourselves it’s Monte Carlo and we arrive, it’s empty, an atmosphere of rarely seen sadness. I’m just miserable when I’m on the court. The circuit has become rotten. But I took 12,000 bullets! You’re going to say: he’s still talking a lot of money. I took 12,000 euros to be in the quiet hotel. Then I go home. It’s perfect…“, he told the Parisian.
He then tweeted: “Thank you for all your messages of support, it touches me a lot … can’t wait to meet you in the tournaments to set a crazy atmosphere“.