Benoît Paire will be at the Vélodrome stadium this Wednesday for the “Heroes’ Match”, organized by Didier Drogba for the benefit of Unicef. A lawn that he could have walked frequently as a player after being contacted by the OM training center when he was a teenager.

If he has made a career in the world of the little yellow ball, Benoît Paire is a true fan of the round ball. A passion that comes from his father, who himself played football. And originally with his family from Avignon, it is only natural that he became a supporter of Olympique de Marseille. “The biggest club in the area was Marseille. Suddenly, I was a big fan of Olympique de Marseille. My whole family was also a fan, ”he explains in a video posted on the official OM website.

And from a supporter, who regularly went to the stadium, he could have become a player for the Olympian club and realize his dream of becoming a professional player. “The OM training center contacted me to integrate it,” he revealed during a visit to the Commandery to attend a training session for Jorge Sampaoli’s men. I had the choice between tennis and football. Football, you had to get away from the family a bit and I wasn’t necessarily ready to do it. “

After playing until the age of 14, he finally made the switch to tennis. And he does not regret his choice in any way. “Even if for me my dream has always been to be a soccer player, I am now a tennis player and I am still very happy”, confided this big fan of Didier Drogba. Failing to have become a footballer, he will try to have fun and make his technique speak with the ball at the foot next to his idol for the duration of a match.

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