Benoit Paire French Open 2018

Benoit Paire ousted by Casper Ruud at French Open

Benoit Paire did not disappoint the home crowd as he put up a valiant effort before eventually falling to Casper Ruud in four sets.

Benoit Paire, although buoyed by his Parisian supporters, in the end suffered defeat, the result culminating in a fourth set tiebreak as Casper Ruud claimed victory 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) in three hours on-court.

The French fans made their appreciation heard at the end of the match, chanting “Benoit! Benoit! Benoit!” despite the loss.

Paire could be seen weeping as he was escorted from the court. It is the first time that Paire has failed to progress to the second round at the French Open since 2017.


On the other side of the net, Casper Ruud will look to continue his impressive clay form so far this season, now holding a 16-4 win-loss record on the surface so far in 2021.

The Norwegian will next face Kamil Majchrzak or French wildcard Arthur Cazaux in the second round.