June 14, 2024

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Paire’s emotional Davis Cup debut

It took until he was 29 years old for Benoit Paire to finally made his Davis Cup debut.

And he made it count Friday. 

After a rough start, Paire rolled over injured Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta of Spain, to give France a 1-0 lead in its World Group semifinal tie.

Paire was emotional during the national anthem, for this high-water moment in his career.

“I just wanted to prove to everyone that I could behave myself, fight to the end, and never give up,” Paire said.

Lucas Pouille won a five-setter to give France a 2-0 lead.

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