Benoit Paire not happy with ATP: Russians are causing trouble, we are paying price

French tennis player Benoit Paire has made it clear that he is not happy at all with the recent developments on the relation between the ATP and Wimbledon. 

in April, Wimbledon imposed player bans on Russian and Belarusian players. 

On the same day Wimbledon made the announcement, the ATP made it clear they were not supportive of their decision. 

The ATP indicated there would be a sanction on Wimbledon and it happened last week when the ATP announced the removal of ranking points from 2022 Wimbledon. 

Now, there is a growing fear that top players might decide to skip Wimbledon because some of them are set to lose points nevertheless of their result. 

Paire stated that the Russians are “causing the trouble” and added it is “unfair” that other players are paying the price. 

“99% of players, want to have points and to play the tournament as it was before. So I want to know if ATP wants to defend players or Russia. I’m sorry for Russia and Russians but they are the ones causing all the trouble. And all ATP players are paying the price,” Paire said, per Jon Wertheim. 

Paire bows out of the French Open

On Tuesday, Paire continued his poor 2022 and picked up yet another loss. 

Ironically, Paire was beaten by Ilya Ivashka, a Belarusian player who is set to miss Wimbledon. 

Ivashka defeated Paire in four sets 6-3 7-5 1-6 7-5 in his Roland Garros opener.

Following the latest loss, Paire has fallen to a 3-15 record in 2022.

After easily winning the third set, Paire appeared to be cruising toward winning the fourth set and sending the match into a decider. 

Paire was 4-1 up in the fourth set and had a double-break lead over Ivashka. 

In the 10th game of the fourth set, Paire missed out on three consecutive set points on his serve as Ivashka broke back to tie the set to five games apiece. 

Ivashka then broke Paire in the 12th game, when the Frenchman was serving to stay in the match.