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Wimbledon 2021: Benoit Paire warned for ‘NOT TRYING’ in first-round loss as fan shouts ‘you’re wasting everybody’s time’

, Wimbledon 2021: Benoit Paire warned for ‘NOT TRYING’ in first-round loss as fan shouts ‘you’re wasting everybody’s time’

BENOIT PAIRE was hit with a court violation for poor sportsmanship for ‘not trying’ during his first-round loss at Wimbledon.

The controversial Frenchman, 32, was losing 6-3 6-4 5-0 to Diego Schwartzmann when he appeared to give up – sparking a furious fan to roar: “You’re wasting everybody’s time!”

Benoit Paire was given a court violation for poor sportsmanship after he appeared to give up during his first-round loss to Diego Schwartzmann

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Paire passively hit a meek forehand into the net to go 30-0 down in what was clearly going to be the final game of his first-round match at Wimbledon.

After umpire Mohamed Lahyani urged him to ‘try his best’, Paire sulked and stomped off to his chair.

The France ace demanded the physio in a clear protest as he slumped in his chair.

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Lahyani denied the request, saying: “I’m not going to call the physio.

“You have to show more sportsmanship. You have to try to do your best.”

As Paire continued to argue with Lahyani, a fan barked, ‘you’re wasting everybody’s time’, with the Frenchman hit by a volley of boos.

Paire was swiftly hit with a court violation for poor sportsmanship, before crumbling to a 6-3 6-4 6-0 defeat, with No9 seed Schwartzmann taking on Brit Liam Broady in round two.

After the match, petulant Paire said: “I do not care about the people. I play for me and that is it.”


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Meanwhile, another player prone to on-court sulks – Nick Kyrgios – became the latest star to suffer a nasty fall on the slick Wimbledon courts on Wednesday.

In the 13th game of the deciding set against Ugo Humbert, a quick change of direction caused Kyrgios to end up doing the splits.

Serena Williams and Adrian Mannarino have already picked up injuries this week after slipping on the SW19 courts.

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But Kyrgios was able to carry on after gingerly picking himself up off the turf and won the final set 9-7 in his first match for five months – and first outside Australia since January 2020.

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