Paire advances on home soil

Eighth seed Benoit Paire was an easy first-round winner Tuesday at the Open Sud de France tennis event.

The French Paire dismantled Spanish qualifier Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 6-0, 6-2 on Day 1 on the indoor hardcourts at Montpellier's Park & Suites Arena.

Also on Tuesday, Romanian Victor Hanescu handled Spanish qualifier Guillermo Olaso 6-1, 7-6 (8-6); Belgian Steve Darcis topped French wild card Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 7-6 (7-0); Czech Jan Hajek overcame Israeli Dudi Sela 2-6, 7-5, 6-1; and Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen drubbed French qualifier Florent Serra 6-3, 6-2.

This week's top seed, Czech star Tomas Berdych, pulled out of the draw on Monday, leaving second-seeded Janko Tipsarevic as the highest-standing seed here.

Berdych captured this event last year by beating French favorite, 2010 champion and 2005 runner-up Gael Monfils in the final.