It’s official, the French Tennis Federation says “stop”. On borrowed time for several weeks because of his behavior, tennis player Benoît Paire will not be able to represent France at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
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“Given the repetition of deeply inappropriate behavior on the part of Benoît Paire, the Executive Committee of the French Tennis Federation, on the proposal of 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 ”, the French Tennis Federation explained this Friday, April 23.
“His behavior since the start of the year seriously undermines the values of sport, like tennis, and is totally incompatible with the Olympic spirit. “
Excuse and recidivism
On March 4, during his match against Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo in Buenos Aires, Benoît Paire “Had been unsportsmanlike and unsuitable both on the court (spitting, swearing, sloppy end of the match) and outside (inappropriate reaction on social networks)”, specifies the FFT. Called to order a few days later by the ethics committee of the federation, on 35e world player had apologized soon after.
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New provocative release a few days later. “Frankly, I don’t give a damn about this match”, had launched the Avignon on April 11, after his defeat in the 1er round of the Masters 1000 of Monte-Carlo against the Australian Jordan Thompson. “Normal life, I find it sucks right now, and the circuit is a shit the same. “
Benoît Paire was present at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. He had succeeded in the first round of the men’s singles before losing to the Italian Fabio Fognini. This year, deprived of the Olympics, the player is however offered by the federation “Support to help him get through the current period better, so that he can regain serenity, confidence and pleasure in playing and in the future demonstrate flawless behavior, worthy of his talent”.