Benoît Paire

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Benoît Paire
Benoit Paire (9052203535).jpg
Country (sports)  France
Residence Geneva, Switzerland
Born (1989-05-08) 8 May 1989 (age 29)
Avignon, France
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro 2007
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Jean-Charles Diame
Prize money $5,903,637
Career record 172–186 (48.04%)
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 18 (11 January 2016)
Current ranking No. 54 (10 September 2018)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2014, 2017)
French Open 3R (2013, 2015)
Wimbledon 4R (2017)
US Open 4R (2015)
Career record 35–88
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 84 (5 August 2013)
Current ranking No. 111 (23 July 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2013)
French Open 2R (2018)
Wimbledon 1R (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)
US Open 2R (2012)
Last updated on: 26 July 2018.

Benoît Paire (French pronunciation: ​[bənwa pɛʁ];[2] born 8 May 1989) is a French professional tennis player.

His best result in a Grand Slam came at the US Open in 2015, where he reached the fourth round. He has won one singles title, at the 2015 Swedish Open, and his career-high singles ranking is World No. 18, first achieved in January 2016. His current ATP ranking is 52, as of July 23, 2018.[3]

In 2015, Paire was voted Comeback Player of the Year, rising from #126 to a then career-high #19 after a knee injury had sidelined him for much of 2014.[4]


2007–09: 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 the qualifying rounds at the Open 13 and the Open Sud de France, both part of the ATP 250 Series. Similarly, Benoît made it to the main draw for the first time at Challenger level at Alessandria. 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 at Futures level won the Slovenia F3 and lost in three other finals in the space of three months. Again that year, he received a wild card into the French Open qualifying draw, this time making it into the final qualifying round, before losing to Fabio Fognini.


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, Benoît 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 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.[3] 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: First ATP World Tour singles final[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 Stan 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 Stan 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 World Tour singles 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.[5][6] 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.[7] He lost against Latvian, Ernests Gulbis, in the second round.[8] 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.[9]


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.[10] 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.[3]

At the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Paire defeated World No. 7 Juan Martín del Potro 6–4, 7–6(7–3) to record his first career singles win over a Top 10 player and reach the singles quarter-finals of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in his career. Paire went on to reach the semi-finals where he was beaten in two tight sets by Roger Federer.[11] At the tournament in Stockholm in October, the 6th-seeded Paire beat the 2nd-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals, where he lost to Grigor Dimitrov in three sets.


Paire began his 2014 season in the Chennai Open, reaching the quarterfinals before losing to Marcel Granollers in three sets. At the Australian Open, Paire battled past Nick Kyrgios from 2 sets down in the second round to beat the Australian teenager, however lost to Roberto Bautista-Agut in straight sets in the third round. He missed every tournament in February and March due to knee injury, including Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami. He made his return during the clay court season, first playing at the Grand Prix Hassan II, making it to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Guillermo García-López.

This was followed by an appearance in Monte-Carlo, losing his opening match to qualifier Albert Montañés, the same player he'd beaten in his opening match in Casablanca. A recurrence of his knee injury forced Paire to retire towards the end of his first match in Barcelona, and subsequently withdraw from the Portugal Open. He started the Madrid Masters against Andreas Seppi, however further recurrence of his knee injury forced him to retire after just two games. He withdrew from the Rome Masters in order to allow his knee to recover, however did start the French Open, ending a run of four consecutive defeats by beating Alejandro Falla in the first round before losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in his next match. Paire suffered three consecutive losses during the grass court season, at queen's Club, 's-Hertogenbosch and Wimbledon respectively, followed by a further first round loss in Stuttgart. In June 2014, after he lost in the first round at Wimbledon, he said that he was happy to lose because he "hates" the tournament.[12][13]

At the Rogers Cup, Paire had to make it through the qualifying draw due to his ranking having dropped to 98th in the world. He beat Falla in the first round before losing a tightly contested match against third seed Stan Wawrinka. He qualified for Cincinnati, however lost his first round match against wildcard Steve Johnson, resulting in Paire dropping out of the top 100 for the first time since April 2012. At the US Open, Paire made a promising start by beating 24th seed Julien Benneteau in five sets, 7–6(7–4), 5–7, 6–4, 4–6, 6–4. However, he fell in the second round to Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta.

2015: First ATP title[edit]

Paire (who was unseeded), won his first ATP World Tour singles title in July at the Swedish Open, defeating the top three seeds, including second-seeded Tommy Robredo in the final.[14]

Paire defeated the 2014 US Open singles runner-up and 4th seed Kei Nishikori in the 1st round of the US Open,[15] before going on to defeat Tommy Robredo in the 3rd round of the US Open to reach the singles 4th round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. He lost his 4th-round match to his compatriot, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in straight sets.


At the 2016 Australian Open, although he was seeded 17th, Paire lost in the first round in three tie-breaks to American teen-aged wildcard Noah Rubin, ranked # 328 in the world.[16][17]

On 19 July, Richard Gasquet withdrew from the 2016 Olympics tennis tournament because of his back injury. Gasquet would be replaced by Paire in the men's singles draw.[18] On Aug 9, Paire, seeded no.16, lost in the second round of the Olympic tournament to Fabio Fognini, despite holding two match points. Moments after being knocked out of the Olympic tournament, the French Tennis Federation booted Paire out of his country's Olympic Games squad and ordered him to leave the athletes' village for "flouting the rules" and "poor behaviour".[19][20]


Paire entered his first ATP World Tour tournament of 2017 by playing in the Chennai Open, where he lost in the singles semifinals to the eventual champion Roberto Bautista Agut.[21] At the Australian Open Paire lost in the third round to the eighth seed Dominic Thiem. Paire lost three other ATP World Tour singles semifinals in the first half of 2017 - Open Sud de France (where he lost to Richard Gasquet), Grand Prix Hassan II and MercedesCup (where he lost to Lucas Pouille).[22] Paire, who was attempting to reach his first Grand Slam singles quarter-final, lost in straight sets in the fourth round of Wimbledon to top-seeded defending champion Andy Murray.[23] In September, Paire (seeded no. 7) reached his fifth ATP World Tour Singles final of 2017 at the Moselle Open, losing the final to the German qualfier Peter Gojowczyk in straight sets.

In 2018 Paire Smashed 7 Rackets at the Washington Open

Playing style[edit]

Paire's style of play is characterised by its flashiness, unpredictability and at times inconsistency. The main strength of his game is his double-handed backhand, known for its speed and spin. Paire often uses topspin backhands cross court at great speed and acute angles to set up a powerful backhand down-the-line to finish off points. In contrast, his forehand is relatively less powerful and consistent, particularly when played on the defense, to the extent that he's been known to hit backhands inside-out.

Paire is also known for his ability and willingness to play dropshots often on both the forehand and backhand wing throughout matches. When volleying, he also favours drop over punching volleys and is infamous for hitting them with extreme backspin, sometimes even causing the ball to spin back across the net. However, these dropshot attempts sometimes give opponents the advantage when they are hit too deep, causing Paire to lose the point. Paire possesses a powerful but inconsistent first serve, and serves-and-volleys on occasion.

Above all, Paire is known for his flashiness on court that plays to the crowd. He is known to hit a variety of high-risk shots and trick shots, such as the frontal and back tweener, jumping tweener, drop shots that backspin towards the net and topspin backhands at extreme acute angles, even when unnecessary to win the point. Because of this, he often lightens the mood in matches and wins the crowd's favour.

ATP World Tour career finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (1 title, 4 runner-ups)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–3)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–3)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (1–2)
Indoor (0–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 May 2012 Serbia Open, Serbia 250 Series Clay Italy Andreas Seppi 3–6, 2–6
Loss 0–2 Feb 2013 Open Sud de France, France 250 Series Hard (i) France Richard Gasquet 2–6, 3–6
Win 1–2 Jul 2015 Swedish Open, Sweden 250 Series Clay Spain Tommy Robredo 7–6(9–7), 6–3
Loss 1–3 Oct 2015 Japan Open, Japan 500 Series Hard Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 2–6, 4–6
Loss 1–4 Sep 2017 Moselle Open, France 250 Series Hard (i) Germany Peter Gojowczyk 5–7, 2–6

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

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 (1–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (1–2)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jan 2013 Chennai Open, India 250 Series Hard Switzerland Stan Wawrinka Germany Andre Begemann
Germany Martin Emmrich
6–2, 6–1
Loss 1–1 Jan 2016 Chennai Open, India 250 Series Hard United States Austin Krajicek Austria Oliver Marach
France Fabrice Martin
3–6, 5–7
Loss 1–2 Apr 2018 Grand Prix Hassan II, Morocco 250 Series Clay France Édouard Roger-Vasselin Croatia Nikola Mektić
Austria Alexander Peya
5–7, 6–3, [7–10]

ATP Challenger Tour career finals[edit]

Singles: 10 (5–5)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 28 June 2010 Arad, Romania Clay France David Guez 3–6, 6–1, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 16 August 2010 San Sebastian, Spain Clay Spain Albert Ramos 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 28 March 2011 St. Brieuc, France Clay France Maxime Teixeira 3–6, 0–6
Winner 1. 5 September 2011 Brașov, Romania Clay France Maxime Teixeira 6–4, 3–0 RET
Winner 2. 14 November 2011 Salzburg, Austria Hard (i) Slovenia Grega Žemlja 6–7(6–8), 6–4, 6–4
Winner 3. 25 March 2013 Le Gosier, Guadeloupe Hard (i) Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky 6–4, 5–7, 6–4
Winner 4. 15 February 2015 Bergamo, Italy Hard (i) Kazakhstan Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 4. 1 March 2015 Cherbourg, France Hard (i) Slovakia Norbert Gombos 1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 5. 8 March 2015 Quimper, France Hard (i) France Grégoire Barrère 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 9 April 2017 Sophia Antipolis, France Clay United Kingdom Aljaž Bedene 6–2, 6–2

Singles performance timeline[edit]

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2018 Italian Open.

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 2R 1R 1R 3R Q1 1R 3R 1R 0 / 7 5–7
French Open Q1 Q3 1R 1R 2R 3R 2R 3R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 9 8–9
Wimbledon A A Q1 1R 3R 3R 1R 2R 2R 4R 3R 0 / 8 11–8
US Open A A 2R Q1 2R 1R 2R 4R 2R 2R 2R 0 / 8 9–8
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–3 4–4 4–4 4–4 6–3 3–4 6–4 4–4 0 / 32 33–32
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A A A A 1R 3R A A 2R 1R 1R 0 / 5 2–5
Miami Masters A A A A Q2 1R A Q2 3R 3R 3R 0 / 4 5–4
Monte Carlo Masters A A A Q1 A 2R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 0 / 6 4–6
Madrid Masters A A A A A 2R 1R A 1R 3R 2R 0 / 5 4–5
Rome Masters A A A A A SF A Q2 2R 2R 3R 0 / 4 8–4
Canada Masters A A A A A 3R 2R A 1R 2R 2R 0 / 5 5–5
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 6 2–6
Shanghai Masters NMS A A A 2R 2R A A 2R 1R 0 / 4 3–4
Paris Masters A A Q1 Q2 2R 1R A 2R 1R 1R 0 / 5 2–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 11–9 1–4 3–3 5–9 6–9 7–7 0 / 42 32–42
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–5
Year End Ranking 629 331 152 95 47 26 120 19 47 41

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current as far as 2017 US Open.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A QF 1R A A 1R 0 / 3 3–3
French Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 9 0–9
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 5 0–5
US Open A A A 2R A A 1R 1R 1R 0 / 4 1–4
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–3 3–3 0–3 0–3 0-3 0-3 0 / 21 4–21

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Tournament Surface Rd Score
1. Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 7 Italian Open, Rome, Italy Clay 3R 6–4, 7–6(7–3)
2. Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 10 Canadian Open, Montreal, Canada Hard 2R 6–2, 7–6(7–2)
3. Japan Kei Nishikori 4 US Open, New York, United States Hard 1R 6–4, 3–6, 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–4
4. Japan Kei Nishikori 6 Japan Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard SF 1–6, 6–4, 6–2
5. Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 4 Marseille, France Hard (i) QF 6–4, 1–6, 7–5
6. Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 3 Madrid Open, Madrid, Spain Clay 2R 7–5, 4–6, 6–2


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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Belgium David Goffin
ATP Comeback Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro