Benoit Paire is one of the most unique players out there.
I started following him after watching his semifinal match vs. Federer at Rome 2013. I was so surprised by his playing style and how different it is from the usual. He attacks second serves much more than is typical in the ATP. His backhand is amazing, as you should know by now.
I would say it's among the top 10 backhands in the world. He has great hands and nice touch! I love that he's an all-court and all-surface player. Of course you can't have it all, and his forehand is his Achilles' heel...I honestly do not understand why he is so shaky on that side, because the technique doesn't seem all that bad to me.
Perhaps he uses just a bit too much "arm" on that shot.
I didn't even realize he is so tall; he doesn't play anything like a player for his height, even though he has a decent serve. He moves quite well, to be honest. And Benoit litters the stat sheet like no other player.
Against almost anyone he plays, the outcome is more in his hands (some like to say "match on his racquet"), because he's either hitting winners or spraying unforced errors.
And of course, we know he can get a bit crazy on the court.
It's not that bad, to be honest; I also follow Fognini, and he's just about the most extreme case.
As I began to know what he's like as a person, I liked him even more! He seems a little bit shy off the court, but also humble and likable.
His tweets are so funny to me because they're in all-caps and always end in "ALLEZ".
This knee problem he's had for awhile is quite disheartening; I can't even imagine how depressed he's felt.
I think I read some of his quotes that being off court for so long left him feeling very down. I really hope he gets over this problem once and for all, and if that means taking more time off, so be it. The best-case scenario is he takes a small break and then starts practicing on grass, so that he will be 100% for Wimbledon. I really, really hope he can avoid surgery, but if he needs it, so be it. Allez!