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Benoit Paire Under Fire For Spitting, Tanking And Mocking Rules At Argentina Open

The fiery world No.29 tweeted ‘in the end it’s worth it to suck’ following his controversial match that will likely result in him getting fined.




French tennis player Benoit Paire is set to be fined for a series of controversial antics he displayed during his second round loss at the Argentina Open on Thursday.


The world No.29 suffered a shock 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, loss to local player Francisco Cerundolo who is ranked more than 100 places lower than him. However, it was the behaviour of Paire which has landed him in hot water as he clashed with the match umpire.

Paire first erupted three games into the second set when a Cerundolo serve down the centre of the court was called in by the umpire. However, he protested at the ball marking left on the clay court wasn’t touching the line. Something the match official didn’t agree with. A bemused Paire then received a code violation for misconduct after spitting on the marking after the debate.

After losing his lead in the match, the 31-year-old then seemingly tanked his final game in the match. Hitting two double faults with one of his service motions taking place while a ball kid was still on the court.

Whilst it is clear that Paire lost his cool in Buenos Aires, he created further controversy after the match when he tweeted “In the end it’s worth it to suck.” Below the comment was a screenshot of his career earnings which is $8.5 million. Seemingly indicating that he is not bothered by the prospect of a fine due to the money he has earned.

“He is a very talented player, and I had to be focused, I knew that at some point I was going to have the opportunity and I am happy to be able to take advantage of it,” Cerundolo said of his match with Paire.
“He had to serve hard, because he hit him from all sides, he had to make him run, not let him take the initiative. I also knew that he is characterized by talking, insulting and doing those things, so I had to concentrate and stay in my game.”

Paire, who has been ranked as high as 18th in the world, is no stranger to controversy. In the past he was sent home from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games for breaking rules and once said he ‘hated’ Wimbledon following a loss in 2014. More recently this year he slammed the Australian Open over their quarantine measures and described the tournament as ‘really crap.”

There has been no official statement so far from the ATP concerning Paire’s latest incident.

Meanwhile, Cerundolo will face Spanish sixth seeded Pablo Andujar in the quarter-finals on Friday.


Australian Open: Pablo Carreno Busta Through But Fabio Fognini Stunned

Busta has booked his place in the second round at Melbourne Park for the sixth year in a row.




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On day one of the Australian Open, Spanish ace Pablo Carreno Busta sealed an efficient straight-sets win to take his place in the second round.


The Spaniard was no match for Argentinian qualifier Tomas Etcheverry coming through 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).

The 30-year-old from Giron sailed through the opening set that included two breaks in the fourth and sixth game.

Etcheverry, who won three matches to qualify for the Australian Open, improved in the second set.

However, it wasn’t enough as Carreno-Busta flicked through the gears breaking his younger opponent in the third and seventh game to seal the set.

In the third, the 2017 and 2020 US Open semi-finalist took an early break of serve, only to be pegged back by Etcheverry who forced a tie-break.

It wasn’t to be for the 22-year-old though as Carreno-Busta turned up the heat with some big groundstrokes to move into round two.

Next up for the world number 21 is Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor who thrashed a poor Fabio Fognini in straight sets.

The out of sorts Italian was beaten 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

Having lost in the first round of the US Open in September, the former world number world number is nine is in danger of slipping outside the top 40.

Having shown much promise to win a first Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo back in 2019, the husband of former US Open champion Flavia Pennetta, looks desperately short of motivation and confidence.

Fognini is yet to go beyond the fourth-round of a major, and at 34 time is running out for him to mine the potential that made him one of the sports best juniors growing up alongside Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.

Elsewhere, former Australian Open star Lucas Pouille, was knocked out in round one by fellow Frenchman Corentin Moutet.

Wildcard Pouille has endured a glut of injuries since making the semi-finals at Melbourne Park three years ago.

The 27-year-old has now fallen to 159 in the world. 

Pouille made a bright start to take the opening set 6-3, but his lack of fitness and confidence soon showed, as he lost the following sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

Czech Jiri Vesley, also slumped out to American wildcard Stefan Kozlov 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.

He will face seventh seed Matteo Berrettini next.

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Cameron Norrie Puzzled By Australian Open Defeat

It was a bad day at the office for the British number one.




Cameron Norrie ad Indian Wells 2021 (Credits: @BNPPARIBASOPEN on Twitter)

Cameron Norrie is finding it hard to pinpoint where it all went wrong for him in his first round match at the Australian Open.


The 12th seed could only win seven games against Sebastian Korda as he crashed out 6-3, 6-0, 6-4, after just over 100 minutes of play. It is the third time in four appearances that Norrie has fallen in the first round at Melbourne Park but last year he did manage to reach the third round. Against his American rival, he hit 29 unforced errors compared to 23 winners and was broken five times.

I had a week off to prepare, prepared as well as I could, and I was just slow, I was missing routine backhands, which I never miss,” Norrie said during his press conference.
“I honestly can’t put a finger on it. I just need to get better and improve. Lots to work on.’
“Any time I had a chance to kind of come back, he (Korda) served his way out of it. And on the bigger points he was much better than me. I didn’t play well in any big points today.”

It has been a far from smooth start to 2022 for the 26-year-old who also suffered disappointment at the ATP Cup earlier this month. In the team tournament he lost all three of his singles matches to Alexander Zverev, Taylor Fritz and Felix Auger-Aliassime. Zverev is the only one of the trio currently ranked higher than him.

Perhaps the most concerning aspect of Norrie’s latest defeat is the fact he seemed perplexed about why he played the way he did. Asked by one journalist if he was possibly suffering any lingering affects from catching COVID-19 during the festive period he replied ‘No, I think I prepared as well as I can, and I felt fine physically, fine mentally.’

Norrie was one of the breakthrough stars last year on the ATP Tour when he raced up the world rankings. He featured in six Tour finals across three different surfaces and won the biggest title of his career at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The stellar season earned him a place at the ATP Finals as a reserve and he even played two matches following the withdrawal of Stefanos Tsitsipas due to injury.

“I don’t know why I played the way I did today. I was feeling good physically,” he said. “Yeah, I played a lot of matches (last year) but this is what we (tennis players) are paid to do and just not good enough. I just need to raise my standards, practice, matches, and execute a lot better.”

Of course, credit has to be given to Korda, who is making his debut at Melbourne Park. The American had a far from ideal preparation for the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19 which forced him to withdraw from two warm-up events.

21-year-old Korda has now beaten a top 20 player on six separate occasions. He will play France’s Corentin Moutet in the second round.

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Denis Shapovalov Praises New Coach Delgado After Australian Open Win

The tennis star explains his decision to switch coaches at the end of 2021.




Denis Shapovalov (CAN) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

It is still early days but Denis Shapovalov is excited to see what the future holds for him and his collaboration with coach Jamie Delgado.


The world No.14 began his Australian Open campaign on Monday with a grueling four-set encounter against Laslo Djere which he won 7-6(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3), after more than three hours of play. It was by no means a perfect start for the Canadian who produced a total of 68 unforced errors compared to 39 winners. However, he isn’t too concerned about the performance as he praised the Serbian world No.51.

“I don’t think it was actually bad tennis. I think we both played at a really high level,” Shapovalov told reporters. “It was tricky. I thought he really brought it today. I’m definitely happy to get the win. He definitely made me work for it. So I’m super happy about that.’
“I think the level was pretty high, especially at the important moments. We were playing some great tennis. We weren’t really giving each other much.”

After winning his first ATP Cup title last week, Shapovalov is now hoping to make a breakthrough at the Australian Open where he is yet to reach the second week. In his four previous appearances, he has reached the third round twice. His win over Djere was just the sixth he has ever achieved at the Grand Slam.

Tasked with overseeing Shapovalov’s progression in Melbourne is British coach Delgado. A former player who is best known for his work with Andy Murray which started in 2016 and ended just last year. Shapovalov had previously been working with Mikhail Youzhny but both decided to go their own ways.

“It was very mutual,” he explained. “We still text and we continue to have a good relationship, but it just wasn’t working. Both of us weren’t achieving what we wanted to. Unfortunately that’s the business of tennis sometimes. It’s super tough. Just had to go in a different direction.”

Making the change has so far been a good experience for Shapovalov who is full of praise when it comes to his new mentor. Even though their partnership was only officially announced last month. The two spoke with each other on the phone several times before deciding to join forces.

“It’s definitely been really great with him. Obviously it’s very early on but I think the few things that we’ve implemented into the game have been great,” said Shapovalov.
“I do feel like we understand each other really well. The whole team actually is working really, really well. Everyone’s communicating.’
“I think he’s doing a good job of implementing that and staying on top of everything. It’s definitely looking good with him.”

Shapovalov’s next test in Melbourne will be against South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo who edged out Denmark’s Holger Rune in five sets in his first round match. In his section of the draw, the 22-year-old could then potentially play the big serving Reilly Opelka in the third round followed by a showdown with Alexander Zverev.

“It’s not like there’s only one guy you can lose against. There’s a lot of tricky opponents,” Shapovalov concluded of the draw.

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