Benoit Paire: It’s been long season but I’m close to achieving my goal for 2021

French tennis star Benoit Paire admitted he didn’t have the greatest day on the court against Frances Tiafoe but still he refused to be negative after the match. 

Paire, ranked at No. 50 in the world, is happy that he is on the verge of achieving his goal of finishing the season ranked inside the top-50. 

On Thursday, Paire suffered a 6-4 6-4 loss to Frances Tiafoe in the Indian Wells Masters first round. 

Despite the loss, Paire is expected to improve a couple of positions in the rankings. 

Paire twice recovered from a break down in the first set but Tiafoe claimed his third break in the ninth game and served out for the opener in the following game. 

Tiafoe then broke Paire in the opening game of the second set and held on to his serve the rest of the way to book a straight-set win. 

“It was a little harder today  while the other days it was going well, I got a little frustrated. I have a few flaws in my game right now that stand out but that’s okay. The game is not the most important. The important thing is to be on the court, to move, to have a little fun.  I’m going to finish it in the the top-50, that was the goal.  It’s been a very long year for me,” Paire said, per Tennis Actu. 

Paire promised he would stop breaking rackets 

Recently, Paire visited Babolat and made them a promise he would stop breaking rackets. 

“After the rain comes the good weather! I would like to show my gratitude to Babolat who faithfully supports me and to all the people who work on a daily basis so that I can play in the best conditions. Great experience for me to have spent time in the Babolat premises, and to have contributed to all the stages of preparing my equipment,” Paire wrote in an Instagram post 

“PS I told them I was going to stop breaking rackets.”