"He put me in the gutter several times": Benoit Paire hilariously jokes about Wawrinka's insane alcohol tolerance, able to train day after

Monday, 31 July 2023 at 20:30
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Benoit Paire made a playful comment about the alcohol tolerance of the Swiss, mentioning Stan Wawrinka.
The French tennis player is a friend of Swiss player Wawrinka, and during the pandemic, they shared several live videos on social media, where fans even saw them drinking together.
Despite having faced each other as rivals on multiple occasions during their careers (12 matches, with 9 victories for the 3-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka and 3 for Paire), the athletes have developed a friendship over the years. Being contemporaries on the ATP tour, with Paire aged 34 and Wawrinka aged 38, they have built a camaraderie.
In an Instagram video, Paire, currently ranked world No. 126, commented on 'Stan the Man's' alcohol tolerance and jokingly claimed that the Swiss can easily train the next day after drinking.
"Wawrinka! When he is in good shape, he is able to descend well. Stan is solid, he put me in the gutter several times."
"The strong thing is that the next day, he is able to go five hours on the court, sweat and train like a patient. There are not many people who can do this," Paire added.
The former world No. 18 admitted earlier this year that he used to go out partying frequently and drank heavily during those outings:
"It's not that I was an alcoholic but I drank a lot, I liked it, I did too much when I often partied. I didn't set myself any limits,” he said.
Wawrinka recently played in the final of the ATP 250 Croatian Open Umag, marking his first final appearance in four years. Unfortunately, he fell short in a hard-fought match against the Australian Alexei Popyrin, losing with a score of 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4.
During the awards ceremony, the world No. 49 was visibly emotional, shedding tears due to the overwhelming emotions stemming from the challenges he has faced in his recent years of his career. Constant injuries have hindered him, and he has struggled to regain the form that once made him one of the top players in the sport over the last two decades.
“Guys, thank you so much. I know it’s so stupid to cry, but I love this sport so much and you make it really special. Amazing week. Really, hopefully I can come back and thank you for the support during the week. Thank you for being here and hopefully I see you next year,” Wawrinka said.
Wawrinka's next challenge will be at the Canadian Open, where he is registered to play in the qualifying rounds. As for Paire, he will be competing this week in the Challenger 100 Lüdenscheid, where he is the third seed and will make his debut against the Argentine Facundo Mena.

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