The Frenchman breaks new ground on the 'tweener front and celebrates like a boss.
When it comes to winning matches on the ATP Tour, uber-talented Frenchman Benoit Paire can be hit or miss. When it comes to the ability to dazzle, don’t worry about it, Paire’s got you covered.
Case in point: This remarkable ‘tweener struck by Pair in the second set of his 7-6(3), 6-4 loss to Tomas Berdych on Thursday at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. There is no term to describe this shot—the ‘tweener, or Hot Dog, is supposed to come back through the legs, but Paire, whether by happenstance or plan, has found a way to send this ball back over the net from outside of his left leg.
Add to that the fact that the shot was perfectly executed, landing for a clean winner just over the net, and you see why A) this is going to be one of the Shots of the Year when it’s all said and done and, B) Paire was still celebrating at the changeover in his chair like a player who had just won Wimbledon.