Benoit had a very successful season in 2019 winning two titles on clay at Marrakesh and Lyon. He also made the final at Winston Salem as well as the 4th rounds at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
Paire is a very talented player who will be in the hunt for a top 30 spot again in 2020. I think of him as colourful, entertaining, streaky and volatile.
Colourful: Benoit would likely play the most amount of trick shots per match than anyone else on tour. He expresses his emotions on the court with his racquet.
Entertaining: Ever the showman Paire will get the crowd going with shots like tweener approaches and tweener volleys when a standard stroke would be more than enough to win the point.
Streaky: He can find hot patches in matches and is capable of winning a set in quick time with his strong backhand and serving.
Volatile: Paire can get aggravated when things don’t go as he wants and can snap quickly by unleashing a racquet smash or engaging with the crowd angrily.
Likes: That he avoids bland play at all costs preferring to have fun and do unusual things on the court. Often wears some very nice Lacoste gear.
Dislikes: Sometimes erupts like a volcano and can sweat the small stuff for no apparent reason. Paire hasn’t been able to find his best form against top 10 players.
Areas for improvement: Paire’s forehand is well below ATP top 100 standards. Also, Benoit’s first-serve percentage (52%) is on the low side for a top ATP player. He has a good volley, and a world-class backhand so needs to find ways to maximize those strengths and get his forehand up to average standard. For homework, he could do worse than watch the most versatile well-rounded forehand of the modern era on YouTube.