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Benoit Paire breaks silence on bizarre Argentina Open meltdown that saw him spit on court


Benoit Paire posted his career earnings of £6.5million on social media and claimed: “It’s worth being rubbish” after his latest bizarre defeat at the Argentine Open.

The Frenchman was warned twice for spitting during his loss to Francisco Cerundolo – the second which led to a point penalty.

Then serving at 1-5 down in the third set, the world No.29 tanked the game with two double faults – with his final serve going well wide when the ball boy was still on court – to lose 4-6 6-3 6-1.

After the match, Paire then posted a screenshot of his career winnings of US$8.5m with the caption: “In the end it is worth it to be rubbish.”

The No 3 seed lost his temper over a line call when 2-0 down in the second set after a Cerundolo serve down the middle was judged an ace.

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The 31-year-old argued heatedly with the chair umpire on court over a mark in the clay next to the line but failed to convince the official to overturn the call.

Paire then spat on the mark and shouted obscenities, earning a warning for a first code of conduct violation.

Later in the set, he was docked a point for a second code of conduct violation after again spitting and arguing with the chair umpire.

It is not the first time Paire has caused controversy in his career.

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