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Benoit Paire lost his first-round match against Feliciano Lopez in Monte-Carlo Tuesday, but earned fans thanks to an interaction with a ball boy.

Playful Paire Helps Ballboy Ace Sun Problem

Frenchman helps protect himself from the sun in Monte-Carlo

Benoit Paire suffered a tough defeat Tuesday at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, losing in three sets against Feliciano Lopez in two hours, 19 minutes. But the Frenchman, No. 48 in the ATP Rankings, won over at least one person at the Monte-Carlo Country Club — a ballboy.

During a changeover, the young ballboy who was holding the umbrella over the 28-year-old was not covering Paire from the sun. But instead of getting upset during the heat of an intense match, Paire had some fun, kindly helping the youngster into position. While he did not walk off the court with a victory, Paire left with at least one extra fan. And when an older, taller ballboy with higher reach stepped in to better shield Paire from the sun, he even appeared to offer consolation as if he missed his new friend.

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