Benoit Paire COVID-19, quarantined smoke, ATP tour, Australian Open

French tennis star Benoit Paire has called on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) to “protect players” after being tested positive for COVID-19 again.

Paire, who is currently number 46 in the world, is likely to enter the Australian Open with little preparation after being forced into quarantine.

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The 32-year-old is scheduled to take part in the Melbourne ATP 250 lead-in tournament next week, which he is likely to have to miss now.

A frustrated Paire took to social media to reveal the mental health that the quarantine claims have had on him.

“Hi, my name is Benoit Paire and for the 250th time I am positive about COVID,” he wrote on Instagram.

“Honestly, I can not handle this COVID-s — more.

“How am I doing? Because of COVID I got a runny nose, but because of all these quarantines spent in a hotel room halfway around the world, I’m not feeling well mentally.

“Last year was tough, and this year starts exactly the same.”

Paire confirmed he was vaccinated, but urged ATP to look at better ways to take care of players’ health.

“Just one thing, I’m 100 percent for the vaccine, but let’s just live like before Covid, otherwise I can not see the point,” he added.

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“It’s secondary, but ATP, how do you protect players in my case?”

Paire in 2020 missed the US Open after testing positive for COVID-19 just days before the start of the tournament.

While earlier this year, Paire was among the 72 players forced to complete a tough two-week hotel quarantine in Melbourne after three charter flights were found infected by COVID-19 ahead of the 2021 Australian Open.

Paires quarantine stay in Australia earlier this year made him furious at the time.

Following an exit from the Australian Open in the first round, he unleashed a devastating attack on the AO organizers, calling the event “s – t” and labeling Tennis Australia’s handling of the coronavirus-affected flights as “shameful”.

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