Benoit Paire performs mesmerizing drop shot at the Swiss Open against Jozef Kovalik

Photo of the year? Benoit Paire performs a mesmerizing drop shot at the Swiss Open against Jozef Kovalik… with his slashed backhand producing so much spin that he bounced BACK to his side of the net

  • Benoit Paire left fans in awe at Monday’s Swiss Open against Jozef Kovalik
  • Paire produced a magical cut backhand drop shot in the first round match
  • He got so much spin on the ball that it bounced back to his side of the net
  • Paire advanced to the second round thanks to a 6-3 7-6 (2) victory over his opponent

Benoit Paire left fans in awe after snapping one of the first round photos of the year at the Swiss Open.

After coming to the fore after an emphatic first serve in his match against Jozef Kovalik, Paire got everyone off their seats with an insane drop shot into the net.

The Frenchman cut a backhand drop shot with so much spin that it bounced back to his side of the net in the 6-3 7-6 (2) win over his Slovakian opponent.

Benoit Paire put on a show when he saw Jozef Kovalik play off in the first round of the Swiss Open

Paire put on a show on Monday, quite different from his recent Wimbledon appearance – which drew a lot of criticism.

At Wimbledon, the 32-year-old was attacked by the crowd and sanctioned by the umpire for failing to try during his opening round defeat to Diego Schwartzman.

The Frenchman, one of the most divisive figures in tennis, was 6-3, 6-4, 5-0 behind Schwartzman at Wimbledon before the match took a peculiar turn.

Paire played two soft returns into the net before being charged with a court violation for poor sportsmanship.

The Frenchman produced a mesmerizing cut backhand drop shot against Kovalik on Monday maandag

The Frenchman produced a mesmerizing cut backhand drop shot against Kovalik on Monday maandag

Kovalik rushes to return the ball, but the Frenchman's drop shot beats him all out

Kovalik rushes to return the ball, but the Frenchman’s drop shot beats him all out

The drop shot produced so much spin that it bounced back to Paire's side of the net

The drop shot produced so much spin that it bounced back to Paire’s side of the net

And when he was arguing with the referee, a fan shouted at him, “You’re wasting everyone’s time.”

And after losing the match, Paire said: ‘I don’t care about the people. I play for myself and that’s it.’

Paire has struggled in the coronavirus tennis bubble and has constantly expressed frustration over the restrictions.

But Paire looked to be returning to his classy ways as he defeated Kovalik in straight sets to advance to the second round of the Swiss Open.

Paire got everyone off their seats after his magic moment against Kovalik

Paire got everyone off their seats after his magic moment against Kovalik

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