Benoit Paire smashes three rackets in Citi Open court meltdown

Benoit Paire Washington Open Marcos Baghdatis

Benoit Paire Washington Open Marcos Baghdatis

55 in the world ATP rankings, suffered a three-set loss Tuesday to Marcos Baghdatis at the Citi Open in Washington, a hardcourt tuneup for the Grand Slam event in NY.

Trailing 6-3, 3-6, 2-4 in the final set, Paire fell to the ground after failing to connect with an over-head smash.

He was booed off court by spectators - and blew kisses to the crowd as he headed to the dressing room.

Babolat may be wanting a word with Benoit Paire after his histrionics.

Paire has reportedly been docked for unsportsmanlike conduct, audible obscenity and a lack of best efforts.

"Yes, yes it's true I got upset yesterday", he wrote on Instagram.

Benoit Paire's broken rackets were later collected by fans as souvenirs
Benoit Paire's broken rackets were later collected by fans as souvenirs

The ATP fine was more than double the appearance money he made at the tournament.

The French tennis player displayed not even a hint of joie de vivre in his loss on Tuesday Baghdatis of Cyprus.

He sat on the court and smashed one racket before flinging it across the tarmac, and then walked to his chair, kicking that before smashing another racket and sending it flying. Next, he threw another racket.

Like a petulant child, he then picked up the two broken racquets and tossed them into the middle of the court for a ball boy to retrieve.

Benoit Paire of France smashed his racket multiple times in an outburst.

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