Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 10/21/14

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 07: Feliciano Lopez of Spain holds the trophy during day 7 of the 2010 South African Tennis Open at Montecasino on February 07, 2010 in Johnnesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Regular watchers of the sport we love are well aware of the concept that as an individual sport, tennis is often more than just about the game: It’s about the people. Team loyalties are out of the window, and aside from an affinity to watch prettiness – the Del Potro forehand, the Gasquet backhand, the impeccable moves of a Djokovic, Nadal or Federer – there are those colourful personalities that make any match in this sport always worth watching. Which is why when the presence of said personalities in a final comes round, everyone gets to share in the joy, and this Sunday, we did. We met Benoit Paire. Benoit Paire in action in Belgrade, Serbia At twenty-one-years-old this Frenchman boasts an impressive physique where his long legs and long torso meet with a perfectly sculpted piece of facial hair that would make American hipsters cry in envy. It’s not Benoit’s athletics that give him his fans, it’s his fabulous repertoire of on-court theatrics that does. Catch him drinking cans o...
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