Benoît Paire

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Benoît Paire
Benoît Paire at the 2010 US Open.jpg
At the 2010 US Open
Country  France
Residence Avignon, France
Born (1989-05-08) 8 May 1989 (age 25)
Avignon, France
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro 2007
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,139,367
Singles
Career record 73–85 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 24 (12 August 2013)
Current ranking No. 103 (11 August 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2014)
French Open 3R (2013)
Wimbledon 3R (2012, 2013)
US Open 2R (2010, 2012, 2014)
Doubles
Career record 14–40 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 84 (5 August 2013)
Current ranking No. 1049 (4 August 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2013)
French Open 1R (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Wimbledon 1R (2012)
US Open 2R (2012)
Last updated on: 4 August 2014.

Benoît Paire (born 8 May 1989) is a French professional tennis player.

He reached the 1st round of a Grand Slam event for the first time at the French Open in 2010 and has since gone on to make eight appearances at Grand Slam level, his best result coming at Wimbledon in 2012 and in the French Open in 2013, reaching the third round. Other notable achievements include a final appearance in Belgrade at the Serbian Open. Paire's career-high singles ranking is World No. 24, first achieved in August 2013.[1]

Career[edit]

2007–2010: Early career[edit]

In 2007, Paire played his tennis at Futures level, winning one event (the France F10). In 2008, Paire continued to play primarily on the Futures circuit, but made his first appearances in higher tier tournaments, losing in qualifying at the Open 13 and the Open Sud de France, both part of the ATP 250 Series. Similarly, Benoit made it to the main draw for the first time at Challenger level at Alessandria. Perhaps most notably of his 2008 season, Paire played in his first Grand Slam tournament, at the French Open, receiving a wildcard in the qualifying draw, but lost in the first round. In 2009, Paire began playing more Challenger tournaments, but continued making progress at Futures level, winning the Slovenia F3 and losing in three other finals in the space of just three months. Again that year, he received a wildcard into the French Open qualifying draw, this time making it into the final qualifying round, before losing to Fabio Fognini.

2010[edit]

In 2010, Paire played most of his tennis at Challenger level, reaching his first Challenger final at Arad in July, where he lost to fellow country-man David Guez. Paire still played many Futures tournaments, making it to six finals (winning three). However, Benoit began making a lot of progress at ATP level, receiving a wildcard into the Open Sud de France before losing in the first round to John Isner and getting through qualifying in Valencia again before losing in the first round. Paire played his first ATP Masters event in Paris, losing in qualifying. For the first time Paire made it to the second round of a Grand Slam, coming through qualifying and beating Rainer Schüttler before losing to big-serving Feliciano López in five sets at the US Open. This success followed a first round defeat at Roland Garros for the second time in his career (again after coming through qualifying), as well as a first round loss in qualifying at Wimbledon.

2011[edit]

2011 was Paire's most successful year to date, making more ATP main draw appearances than the rest of his career put together. It was a year in which he increased his ranking around sixty places and broke into the top 100 in the ATP Rankings for the first time in his career.[1] Paire also appeared in the main draw in three of the four Grand Slams (and for the first time without needing to qualify), his best result at this level coming at the Australian Open, losing in the second round to former world no. 3 and 17th seed, Ivan Ljubičić. Paire played in five ATP 250 tournaments, making it to the second round in both Stuttgart and Metz, as well as coming through qualifying and making it into the second round in the two ATP 500 tournaments he played, Barcelona and Rotterdam, the latter in which he beat compatriot, top 20 player and former world no. 6 Gilles Simon in three sets. Paire again missed out on making his first appearance in a main draw at a Masters event, losing in qualifying in both Paris (for the second time in two years), as well as in Monte Carlo. At Challenger level, Paire made it to a couple more finals, the first at the Open Prévadiès Saint–Brieuc event in March, losing to fellow country-man Maxime Teixeira, before beating Teixera later in the year to win his first Challenger title at Ropharma Challenger Brașov. Paire followed this victory with another in Salzburg just a month later, defeating Grega Žemlja in three sets in the final.

2012[edit]

Benoît kicked off his 2012 season at the Chennai Open, beating French Open quarter-finalist Fabio Fognini for the loss of just one game, before falling to Israeli Dudi Sela, despite leading by a set, in the second round. Continuing his preparation for the Australian Open, Paire played at the Heineken Open in Auckland, coming through qualifying before beating former world no. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero and 4th seed Juan Ignacio Chela to make it to his first ever quarter-final in an ATP event. Here he lost to eventual finalist Olivier Rochus in three sets. At the Australian Open, Paire drew top twenty-five player and former world no. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round, falling in straight sets. Benoît next played two back-to-back ATP 250 events at the Brasil Open (losing in the first round to David Nalbandian), and a week later the Buenos Aires where he was again beaten by Stanislas Wawrinka. Benoît played his third clay court tournament in a row at the Mexican Open (part of the ATP 500 Series), losing in the second round to clay court specialist Nicolás Almagro, despite taking the first set. Next, Benoît competed in back-to-back ATP Masters 1000 events Indian Wells & Miami. At Indian Wells, Paire lost is in the first round to VTR Open runner-up, Carlos Berlocq, this represented Benoît's first main draw participation at this level. Despite this, Paire had to qualify in Miami, and lost in the final round of qualifying to David Goffin. Following the North American swing, Paire returned to the clay in Casablanca, making his second quarter-final appearance of the season. Benoît resumed the clay court season in Barcelona, losing in the second round for the second year in a row. The week after Benoît made it to his first ATP final at the Serbian Open, part of the ATP 250 series. On his way to the final Paire knocked out the sixth seed, third seed and top seed (Pablo Andújar), before losing in the final to Andreas Seppi in straight sets.[2][3] Benoît made his seventh clay-court appearance of the season in Nice as a wildcard, losing in the first round to compatriot Roger-Vasselin. At the French Open, Benoît reached the second round for the first time in his career, losing to eventual semi-finalist David Ferrer in straight sets. Paire didn't play a warm-up event at either Queens or Halle, yet reached the third round at Wimbledon, his best performance in a Grand Slam event, beating Matthew Ebden and twenty-second seed Alexandr Dolgopolov on the way. He lost to American qualifier Brian Baker in the third round. He followed up his impressive grass-court run at Wimbledon with a semi-finalist showing at s-Hertogenbosch, losing to eventual winner David Ferrer in three sets.

On 16 July 2012, Benoît defeated eighth-seeded Bernard Tomic in straight sets in the first round of the Swiss Open.[4] He lost against Latvian, Ernests Gulbis, in the second round.[5] Paire entered an ATP Tour event as the number one seed for the first time in his career at the Farmers Classic in July, but lost at the first hurdle to American Michael Russell.[6]

2013[edit]

Benoït Paire at Wimbledon 2013

Paire started his 2013 season in promising fashion, reaching the semi-finals in his first tournament of the year in Chennai before making his 2nd ATP World Tour final at Montpellier. Playing in front of his parents, he lost in straight sets to an in-form Richard Gasquet. "I really needed them to see how I have changed and I need to keep going. I feel I am on the right track if I stay calm and focused", he said.[7] His performance in this tournament rose him to a career high (at the time) ranking of 38 in the world. After a first round exit at the Miami Masters event, Paire reached his second final of the season at the Le Gossier Challenger event in Guadeloupe. This time he prevailed after a tough 3-set battle with Sergiy Stakhovsky, claiming his third challenger level win and reaching a new career high ranking of 33 on 1 April 2013.[1] At the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Paire defeated World No. 7 Juan Martín del Potro 6–4, 7–6(3) to record his first win over a Top 10 player and reach the quarter-finals of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for the first time. Paire went on to reach the semi-finals where he was beaten in two tight sets by Roger Federer.[8] Paire then beat Milos Raonic of Canada to reach the semifinals of Stockholm.

2014[edit]

Paire began his 2014 season in the 2014 Chennai Open. He reach the quarterfinals but lost to Marcel Granollers in three sets. In the 2014 Australian Open second round, he battled past Nick Kyrgios in coming from 2 sets down. In the third round, he lost to Roberto Bautista-Agut in straight sets. He missed every tournament in February and March due to knee injury.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (2 Runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–2)
Finals by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 6 May 2012 Serbia Open, Belgrade, Serbia Clay Italy Andreas Seppi 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 10 February 2013 Open Sud de France, Montpellier, France Hard (i) France Richard Gasquet 2–6, 3–6

Doubles: 1 (1 Title)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–0)
Finals by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 6 January 2013 Chennai Open, Chennai, India Hard Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka Germany Andre Begemann
Germany Martin Emmrich
6–2, 6–1

Challenger career finals[edit]

Singles: 6 (3-3)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. June 28, 2010 Arad, Romania Clay France David Guez 3–6, 6–1, 3–6
Runner-up 2. August 16, 2010 San Sebastian, Spain Clay Spain Albert Ramos 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. March 28, 2011 St. Brieuc, France Clay France Maxime Teixeira 3–6, 0–6
Winner 1. September 5, 2011 Brașov, Romania Clay France Maxime Teixeira 6–4, 3–0 ret.
Winner 2. November 14, 2011 Salzburg, Austria Hard (i) Slovenia Grega Žemlja 6–7(6–8), 6–4, 6–4
Winner 3. March 25, 2013 Le Gosier, Guadeloupe Hard (i) Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky 6–4, 5–7, 6–4

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current till 2014 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 2R 1R 1R 3R 0 / 4 3–4
French Open Q1 Q3 1R 1R 2R 3R 2R 0 / 5 4–5
Wimbledon A A Q1 1R 3R 3R 1R 0 / 4 4–4
US Open A A 2R Q1 2R 1R 2R 0 / 4 3–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–3 4–4 4–4 4–4 0 / 17 14–17
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A A A A 1R 3R A 0 / 2 2–2
Miami Masters A A A A Q2 1R A 0 / 1 0–1
Monte Carlo Masters A A A Q1 A 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2
Madrid Masters A A A A A 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2
Rome Masters A A A A A SF A 0 / 1 4–1
Canada Masters A A A A A 3R 2R 0 / 2 3–2
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Shanghai Masters NMS A A A 2R 2R 0 / 2 2–2
Paris Masters A A Q1 Q2 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 11–9 1–4 0 / 16 14–16
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0 / 54 0–2
Year End Ranking 629 331 152 95 47 26

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current as far as 2013 US Open (tennis).

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A QF 0 / 1 3–1
French Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 5 0–5
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
US Open A A A 2R A 0 / 1 1–1
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–3 3–3 0 / 9 4–9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Benoit Paire Player Profile". ATPWorldTour.com. 
  2. ^ "Paire Upsets Andujar in Belgrade SFs". ATPWorldTour.com. 5 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Seppi Dismisses Paire For Belgrade Trophy". ATPWorldTour.com. 6 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Eighth-seeded Bernard Tomic loses at Swiss Open". The Times Of India. 17 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ernests Gulbis bounces over Benoit Paire in round two". 19 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "France's Paire ousted in LA opener". 27 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Gasquet Captures Second Title of 2013". ATPWorldTour.com. 10 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Paire Upsets Del Potro". ATPWorldTour.com. 16 May 2013. 

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