The US Open stars are fighting back so much that he packs his bag to leave BEFORE the match even ends – after embarrassingly not even trying for two sets, he’s paid $116,000
- Benoit Paire has shamefully sacrificed his US Open match against Cameron Norrie
- The Frenchman even packed his bags before the game was over
- Paire will pocket $80,000 for the shocking performance
France’s Benoit Paire tanked his US Open match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie so brazenly that he packed his bag before the match was over.
Norrie stormed to a 6-0, 7-6, 6-0 win on a muggy pitch where his opponent Paire seemed barely trying, with the first set lasting just 18 minutes and the third just a minute longer.
Benoit Paire sits on the court during his match against Cameron Norrie at the US Open, where he struggled with the essentials in two of three sets
Cam Norrie reached the second round of the US Open after beating Paire 6-0 7-6 6-0 and suggested his opponent’s lack of effort might be related to the hot weather
Paire was so discouraged at 5-0 down in the third that he packed his kit bag – even though he still had a game to play.
The Frenchman, who has played tank matches in the past and was warned not to try Wimbledon in 2021, will be paid US$80,000 (AU$117,000) for his 98-minute performance.
However, the Grand Slam board could strip him of his prize money if it decides he is intentionally stopping playing to win.
Norrie suggested after the match that Paire’s behavior might be related to the Heat.
“Obviously it was very hot and maybe towards the end of the third set he was playing really fast and trying to take the points really short and maybe the heat got to him,” Norrie said diplomatically.
The Frenchman has a history of tanking games and has been warned not to attempt Wimbledon in 2021
Paire, ranked at No. 173 in the world, had just four wins in 2022 and admitted after the game he didn’t want to be out there.
“It hasn’t been easy since the beginning of the year,” he told reporters. “I feel bad on the pitch and today was the same.”
The veteran also suggested he might not play tennis again this year.
“I took a little vacation. Now I’m going on vacation again, so it was just a little break between my vacations. I did what I could.
“I won 5:3, I should have won the second set. It would have done me good in my head, but my demons are back.
Paire is ranked 173 in the world and has just four wins in 2022. He admitted after the match that he didn’t want to be on the pitch
“The double faults and that started again, always the same. I do what I can. I’m 167 in the world [he’s 173rd]I let myself go, let’s see where it goes.
“I’m not sure I’ll continue this season, maybe to stop here and see if I start again next year.”
Tennis fans were quick to criticize Paire’s nefarious efforts on social media.
‘Benoit Paire gets $80,000 despite making no effort in his first round match against Norrie. Really shocking, I hope they give him a huge fine,” wrote one Twitter user.
‘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,” commented a second.
“In Benoit Paire’s defense, I too come to my work every day with the attitude of someone who would rather be somewhere else in the world,” joked a third.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-11162389/US-Open-star-tanks-badly-packs-bag-leave-match-finishes-hell-116k.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 US Open stars fight back so much he packs his bag to leave BEFORE the game ends – and he gets $116,000