French tennis star Benoit Paire announced he tested positive for COVID-19.
Paire, ranked at No. 46 in the world, is no stranger no testing positive for COVID-19 and he expressed his frustration on social media.
Tested positive before the 2020 US Open, at Hamburg before the 2020 French Open (prior infection), now Aussie — 3/4 of the career Slam. https://t.co/TXfC4XHjwH
— Kamakshi Tandon (@Kamakshi_Tandon) December 29, 2021
“Hey my name is Benoit Paire, and for the 250th time I tested positive for Covid!!” Paire said in an Instagram story posted on Wednesday.
“Honestly I can’t deal with this Covid s*** anymore. How am I doing? Because of Covid I got a runny nose, but because of all these quarantines spent in an hotel room halfway across the world, I don’t feel good mentally.
“Last year was tough, and this year start exactly the same way!!”
Paire wanted a positive start to the year
Paire presumably took a COVID-19 test before his scheduled fly to Australia.
All players have to return negative tests before flying to Australia.
Also, players have to return negative tests upon arriving to Australia.
Paire didn’t enjoy a great 2021 season and after the season ended he said he was determined to have a great offseason and bounce back next year.
“Last year was tough, and this year start exactly the same way!!” Paire tweeted on Wednesday.
Paire has been fully vaccinated for quite some time and he made it clear at the Paris Masters that he wasn’t concerned at all what would happen with unvaccinated players at the Australian Open.
“There is no quarantine anymore in Melbourne if you’re vaccinated. Those that are not vaccinated, I don’t care about them. If they don’t play, all the better for me,” Paire told reporters at the Paris Masters.
“I don’t care about the other players. I’m motivated to have a great season next year. If there are some people who are reluctant to get vaccinated, then they should stay in Europe. “It’s not my problem. You have to be vaccinated to go to Australia.
I am vaccinated and I’m looking forward to playing there.”