Benoit Paire embroiled in Wimbledon umpire row before fan called out Frenchman on court

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The Frenchman was told to show “more sportsmanship” by the umpire as he lost 6-3 6-4 6-0 to No.9 seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina. One spectator on Court 3 shouted out: “You’re wasting everybody’s time.”

The world No 46 has admitted he has struggled with bubble life – and he has now lost six consecutive matches, including against Andy Murray at Queen’s Club.

But the Enfant Terrible of French tennis said: “I do not care about the people. I play for me and that is it.

“I do not play for people. It was 5-0 30-0 with five minutes to go.

“I think it is a bit ridiculous. I find it difficult to accept this decision.

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“I did what I could. It (the warning) served no purpose.

” I try my best when I am in the bubble, but for me playing tennis like this is impossible.

“So I try my best. It is tough for me. I pull out last week from Eastbourne because mentally I was not good enough.”

Paire slammed the “shameful” treatment of players at the Australian Open when players had to serve a two-week quarantine in their hotel rooms.


After another early Wimbledon loss in 2014, Paire said: “I hate Wimbledon and I’m glad to leave as soon as possible”.

But today he said: “I like this tournament. I know in the past I have said I don’t. But it is not easy for me.

“I just try to stay in my room, do my covid test. I disagree with everything. I like the tournament.

“When I started on the tour I said I don’t like the tournament but I really like it now.

“This thing I don’t like is how they treat us, like stay in bubble and everybody is out in the city. It is not the conditions I like here.”

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