In the midst of a crisis of confidence for several months, Benoît Paire found his way back to victory on Tuesday against Peter Gojowczyk in the first round of the Washington tournament
It’s a phew of relaxation for Benoît Paire. Victorious in straight sets (7-5, 6-4) for his debut in the tournament on hard in Washington against the German Peter Gojowczyk (110th in the world), the Frenchman finally returns to victory. He had not won a single match since the Geneva tournament two and a half months ago, on May 16, against the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori.
Pair wins again, a positive signal before the US Open
Released from the top 100 (112th) on Monday after a series of six defeats in the first round, the 33-year-old is going through a complicated period. At the beginning of July, he named himself during his depressive period: “I have a little stress arriving on a court when that’s what I liked when I was good before. Even without training a lot , I managed to get out of big matches because I liked that, adrenaline. I liked moments of stress and now it has become more and more complicated. As soon as I am stressed, I get anxious and I’m panicking. It’s difficult because I don’t feel happy in my life, because tennis is complicated.”
The Avignonnais admitted seeing shrinks to help him get over the course, as well as a hypnotist. Work that seems to be starting to bear fruit, and this a few weeks before the start of the US Open (August 29 to September 11), the last Grand Slam tournament of the season. The Avignonnais, who was still 20th in the world at the start of 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic, will meet the young Dane Holger Rune, 28th in the world at 19, in the next round.