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(Reuters) – The Monte Carlo Masters normally provides gamers the possibility to carry out on one of the lovely courts on the planet however for Benoit Paire it felt like taking part in in a cemetery with followers saved away resulting from COVID-19 restrictions.

The Frenchman misplaced to Australian Jordan Thompson 6-4 6-7(3) 7-6(5) within the opening spherical of the ATP Masters 1000 occasion on Sunday, his ninth defeat in 10 matches in 2021.

“I simply do not care. There is not any magic. What’s the pleasure taking part in like this?” the 31-year-old instructed reporters on the Monte-Carlo Nation Membership on the French Riviera.

“In fact, it is nice to return right here, nevertheless it’s like a follow session. When you’ve skilled the Tour and also you see how it’s now, the one factor you need is to only go away.”

A win in opposition to Chile’s Nicolas Jarry, who was ranked 1,one hundred and sixty fifth on the time, in Cordoba in February is the one win Paire has managed this yr.

Barring the ATP 250 occasion in Cordoba and the French Open, the place he misplaced within the second spherical, Paire has misplaced his opening match at each match he has performed for the reason that tour resumed final August after a five-month break because of the pandemic.

Nevertheless, because of the revised rankings system throughout the pandemic Paire stays thirty fifth, which permits him to get into the primary draw of tournaments.

“This does not deliver me something besides a bit extra money. However there isn’t any pleasure in taking part in,” stated Paire, who has earned over $8.5 million in profession prize cash.

“Usually this courtroom is likely one of the most lovely courts on the planet. It looks like we’re in a cemetery.

“The one pleasure I’ve is once I’m residence with out my masks and I do not care concerning the COVID.”

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