French tennis player Benoit Paire fined for racket-throwing tantrum

Benoit Paire
Benoit Paire

Benoit Paire has been handed a hefty fine by the ATP for his racket-throwing tantrum during a first-round loss to Marcos Baghdatis at the Citi Open in Washington on Tuesday night.

The 29-year-old Frenchman, who is ranked 55, responded to dropping serve in the deciding set of his 6-3 3-6 6-2 loss by smashing three rackets and flinging them across the court.

Paire was also warned for swearing during the match and appeared to give up during the final game, barely attempting to get a racket on Baghdatis' final serve, and has been fined 16,500 US dollars (approximately £12,600).

That is more than twice as much as the 7,130 dollars (£5,450) he earned in prize money for his round-one loss.

Paire is known for his short fuse, and he wrote on Instagram on Wednesday: "Yes, it's true, I got upset yesterday. What I remember is that I'm on the right track and I'm progressing since the beginning of the year so, for those who want to stay on it, there's no problem but I have already moved on."

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