French tennis star Benoit Paire is once again happy and he has rediscovered his joy for the game.
Earlier this season, Paire went on a seven-match losing streak and he looked extremely disinterested on the court during his rough streak.
Paire wasn’t a fan of playing behind the closed doors or staying in bubbles.
Paire, a former world No. 18, is enjoying a notable campaign at the Cincinnati Masters this week.
On Thursday, Paire surprised recent Atlanta champion John Isner 7-6 (1) 6-7 (2) 6-1.
“I’m enjoying so much playing in front of people again, being able to go out in streets, go to fast-food and get back to a life I love. That’s why results are back. I’m happy to have my tennis back and my joy of being on a court,” Paire told L’Equipe, as revealed on We Are Tennis.
Paire collects a few notable wins
A round earlier, Paire sent world No. 10 Denis Shapovalov packing out of the Cincinnati Masters.
After the Shapovalov win, Paire had a message for his doubters and critics.
“I heard a lot that I was no longer a tennis player:’ ‘Paire this, Paire that.’ ‘Now that tennis is back to normal (less bubbles), I managed to beat a top 10,” Paire said.
Paire backed up his Shapovalov win in his following match as he surprised the big-serving American Isner.
Paire blew an early first break and the opener eventually went into a tie-break.
In the tie-break, Isner won the opening point but Paire won the following seven points to win the opener in style.
Paire had a chance to wrap things up in straight sets but Isner saved a match point on his serve in the 10th game.
As no breaks were seen in the second set — the set went into a tie-break — in which both players were tied at 2-2 before Isner won five consecutive points to force a decider.
After winning the second set, Isner’s game fell apart as Paire earned three breaks in the third set to book a three-set win.