Play In Challenger Lille : Benoît Paire, a small turn around and it is over

Benoît Paire will not go further than the first round in Play In Challenger Lille. The player ranked 170th was surprised as of his start this Wednesday by young Belgium Raphaël Collignon (21 years, ranked 251th). «I put pressure on him as of the first set », underlined the man from Liege, aggressive and strong to get the first set. Cheer up by almost 1 200 people, Benoît Paire came back to 1 set all but eventually lost the last one (6-2, 3-6, 6-4), after two hours game.  

De Schepper and Diallo in night session

The day started well for French players, with the victories of Kenny De Schepper against Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin (ranked 275th) 6-2, 6-3, and the one of Antoine Hoang (ranked 354th) against another French, Dan Added (ranked 283th), 6-2, 6-3. The tow players coming from qualifyings so join the last 16. This is not the case of Hugo Grenier (ranked 146th, 5th seed), upset by Gabriel Diallo, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Young Canadian of 21 years (2,03m) was able to rely on his serve (80% first service in the third set) to make the difference. He will be opposed in the next round to Ricardas Berankis (ranked 235th), runner up last year against Quentin Halys for the first match in night session (7 pm). It will then be followed by Kenny De Schepper against Austrian Jurij Rodionov (ranked 131st, second seed). Another exciting match a bit earlier in the day : Australian Max Purcell (ranked 99th, top seed) against French  Harold Mayot (ranked 246th) at noon. 

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