Re: Benoit Paire
Benoit lost to Berlocq 4-6 2-6 in the first round of Indian Wells. Unfortunately he was not able to make the MD of Miami, and had to qualify. He won his first qualifying match over American Alex Kuznetsov 6-1 2-6 6-4, but lost 2-6 2-6 to David Goffin in the second round of qualifying.
Benoit is provisionally ranked #100. There is a pretty good chance he's going to fall out of the top 100 after this week. He plays the Le Gosier challenger starting next week and it will be important he wins a few matches there and get to the QF/SF. He'll likely make the French Open MD cutoff but another couple of victories before the cutoff comes out in mid-April would secure it. Unfortunately, his HC form still isn't that good, we can only hope that the experience he's gaining on the surface this season will make him better on HC in the future.