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Benoit Paire certainly looked poised to bid the 2022 US Open adieu.
On a bizarre Tuesday, the 33-year-old Frenchman was seen packing his things during the third set against British Cameron Norrie, who was leading 5-0 at the time.
“Benoit is just packing his stuff,” BBC Radio 5’s Naomi Broady said, according to The Mirror. “He put all his rackets in his bag and gave his sweaty shirt to someone in the crowd. That wouldn’t be a shirt I’d like to receive. Does he realize he still has a match to go?”
Paire eventually lost to Norrie, 6-0, 7-6 (7-1), 6-0. The French Prof. who has been accused of fueling in the past?dropped the third set in less than 20 minutes, leading tennis pundits to speculate whether or not he would be fined for Tuesday’s effort.
Sportswriter Mike Dickson also tweeted,,Cam Norrie beats the barely trying Benoit Paire 6-0 7-6 6-0. The first set lasted 18 minutes, the third 19 minutes. If it were a horse race, there would be an investigation by the stewards.”
Paire, who is expected to receive $80,000 for Tuesday’s game, spoke candidly about his future in the sport after the defeat.
“I was leading 5-3, I could have taken the second set, it would have done me good in the head, but my demons came back again, the double faults, and it starts the same all the time,” Paire told the French outlet, L’Equipe, per Yahoo Sports Australia.
“We’ll see what happens. I’m not sure if I’ll continue the season, maybe I’ll stop there and see if I can resume next year.”
Paire, who was once the world No. 18, added: “Even in Grand Slams I find it difficult to fight. I hope one day to find motivation, something that will make me love tennis. I’m happiest when I’m at home and happiest when I’m in the tournament.”
As for Norrie, the current number 9 in the world, he will face Portugal’s João Sousa in the second round on Thursday.