The Frenchman lost to his compatriot, Harold Mayot, in two sets (6:1, 6:4), and during the match, he had an unusual situation and a conflict with a fan. After someone from the audience shouted something to the tennis player, he received a response. “What after the match?
Who do you think you are to talk to me like that?” Per asked. Soon after, he explained what had happened at a press conference.
“He told me, ‘I’ll wait for you after.’ When someone says that to me… I understood that he had bet and that such people should not be at the stadium.
It’s part of the game, I didn’t lose because of that. It bothers me, but we are professionals and we know that people bet. But when we’re on the court and someone threatens us, then it’s terrifying for me,” the Frenchman explained.
Benoit Paire is currently ranked 112th in the world, and his best ranking was in 2016 when he was 18th in the world.