Benoit Paire has said that getting out of the bubble is more important for him than winning matches. The Frenchman has said that he was happy to lose in the first round of tournaments and hop from one tournament to the other. A win against Chile’s Nicolas Jarry in Argentina was his only win this year.
“I lost in the first round, it’s better, I will be able to get out of the bubble fairly quickly and enjoy a few days before Miami,” Paire said. “Tennis is not my priority at the moment. Getting out of the bubble is the only goal I have at every tournament.”
Paire has stopped working with a coach and has amassed $8.5m in prize money in his career so far. He currently sits Rank 31 in the world and the new rankings system has helped him maintain that position so far. This has allowed him to get into the main draw at tournaments rather than go through qualification.
“I arrive, I make some money and I go to the next tournament: I do my job,” he said. “If you win an ATP 250, you only pocket $30,000. Me, with bye [in the first round], I took 10,000 each time losing straight. Why tear yourself away like crazy to earn barely more?”