Benoit Paire has been excluded from a list of tennis players representing France in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games due to a chain of misbehaviour in the ATP Tour.
Former World No.18 was struggling to find his form since the tennis tour returned last year. In recent days, Paire has often said that he felt demotivated because of empty stands and was unhappy with quarantine restrictions. Extremely, he has broken his racquets on several occasions due to agitation.
“Frankly, I don’t give a damn about this game. I have a double again, and then I break home, two hours away. Arriving in cemeteries like this depresses me a bit. […] I took twelve thousand 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,” Benoit Paire said after his first-round loss against Australian Jordan Thompson at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021.
French Tennis Federation Declares Benoit Paire Is Ineligible To Compete at Tokyo Olympic Games
French Tennis Federation(FFT) emphasised that they decided to leave out the World No.35 from the summer Olympics representatives list due to his incongruous manner of acting on the court since the beginning of this season.
“In terms of responsibility, for our sport and for France, on the proposal of the DTN and in consultation with Sébastien Grosjean, the Comex has decided to exclude Benoît Paire from the future list of players who will represent the FFT and France this summer in Tokyo,” said Gilles Moretton, President of the FFT.
FFT chief added, “His behaviour which has been deeply inappropriate since the start of the year seriously undermines the values of sport, such as tennis, and is totally incompatible with the Olympic spirit.
I repeat, it is the duty of each player and each high-level player to respect the values of our sport and it is up to them to be exemplary on and off the court, especially vis-à-vis the young people of our country.” (Quotes Have Been Translated Into English Via Google Translator)
In the ATP Tour calendar, Tokyo Olympic Games’ tennis events will occur from 24th to 30th July 2021.