Benoit Paire of France, the second seed at the Chile Dove Men+Care Open in Santiago, was knocked out of the event in straight sets by a Danish teenager and immediately set about complaining about the ATP Tour.
It’s been a great tournament so far, going from qualifying and playing a lot of tough matches. I’m expecting it to get harder every match, so I’m just fighting for every round. Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune
Paire, currently ranked No.29 in the world, lost to the 17-year-old ranked 410, Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune who hails from Charlottenlund, 6-2 6-3.
The 31-year-old Frenchman, who also bad-mouthed the Australian Open last month and disgraced himself by spitting and tanking in Buenos Aires last week, congratulated his young opponent conqueror on Instagram and then took issue with the Tour.
“I will talk about the ATP circuit which has become sad, boring and ridiculous … I know you are going to say you don’t realize how lucky you are blah-blah-blah, but playing in closed stadiums without any atmosphere [isn’t] that why I play tennis,” he wrote.
“Having to stay either at the hotel or at the tennis club and be forbidden to go out on pain of exclusion and a fine, or is the pleasure of traveling?
“Tennis [has] become a tasteless job … So yes I need time to adapt to this pseudo ATP circuit but I will make the efforts to try to just rediscover the pleasure of playing tennis.
“I am not talking about results I’m going to go play Acapulco and Miami after thinking a lot, and my goal will be just to have a smile on the field and enjoy kicking a ball, that I win yes that I lose I really don’t care.”
Paire has struggled in the opening part of the tennis season, going 1-6 to start the year.
Meanwhile qualifier Rune continues his dream run in Santiago with the biggest win of his career.
“I have a very good feeling right now after beating Benoit Paire, who is such a talented player,” Rune said in his post-match press conference. “I have a lot of respect for him, and I know him very well.
“It’s been a great tournament so far, going from qualifying and playing a lot of tough matches. I’m expecting it to get harder every match, so I’m just fighting for every round.”
The young Dane now faces the eighth seeded Federico Delbonis for a place in the semi-finals, the Argentine having comfortably defeated Andrej Martin 6-0 6-3 to advance.
“Today I was going more for his forehand, because I know how dangerous his backhand can be and his serve-and-volley,” Rune said of win over Paire.
“I was trying to play heavy with a lot of spin to his forehand, and every time a short ball came I had to come in and take the ball early. His service games were difficult because when he hits a big serve, there is not much you can do about it. I’m super happy overall with the win today.”
Another Argentine booked his quarter-final spot earlier in the day as Facundo Bagnis toppled fifth seed Frances Tiafoeof the USA in a tight match, 7-6(3) 7-6(2). Bagnis will next face fourth seed Laslo Djere, the fourth seed from Serbia, who defeated the Portugues Pedro Sousa 5-7 7-5 6-3.