Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Frenchman Paire Fined $16,500 For Epic ATP Meltdown

Syndicate Post image Benoit Paire smashed three rackets during his loss to Marcos Baghdatis in Washington
Cassandra Castillo | 04 August, 2018, 11:10

Paire started the tantrum late in his 6-3 3-6 6-2 loss on Tuesday to Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, the 2006 runner-up at the Australian Open.

Babolat may be wanting a word with Benoit Paire after his histrionics.

Baghdatis - famous for his own viral racket-smashing episode - went over to chat, perhaps to try to calm Paire down. Another frame bit the dust at the end of the contest. The fine was issued by the ATP for an audible obscenity, unsportsmanlike conduct and a lack of giving best effort.

"Yes, yes it's true I got upset yesterday", he wrote on Instagram.

Benoit Paire prepares to smash a racket
Benoit Paire prepares to smash a racket

The fine is more than double the prize money Paire made for his appearance. The full video can be found further down this page and is well worth a watch, although the French player wasn't even finished there. That's when the Frenchman took a seat and broke his racket after smashing it into the ground four times. No dice. The 29-year-old picked up two rackets and tossed them into the middle of the court for a ball kid to collect.

Soon enough, without much resistance from Paire, Baghdatis completed his win.

Baghdatis managed to hold serve for the victory, sparking one final outburst from Paire, who destroyed a third racket before congratulating the Cypriot at the net.

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