Richard Gasquet

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Richard Gasquet
Gasquet wim07b.JPG
Country  France
Residence Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Born (1986-06-18) 18 June 1986 (age 28)
Béziers, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2002
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $10,578,845
Singles
Career record 367–219 (62.62%)
Career titles 10
Highest ranking No. 7 (9 July 2007)
Current ranking No. 22 (13 October 2014)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2007, 2008, 2012, 2013)
French Open 4R (2011, 2012, 2013)
Wimbledon SF (2007)
US Open SF (2013)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (2007, 2013)
Olympic Games 2R (2012)
Doubles
Career record 61-46
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 45 (7 April 2008)
Current ranking No. 245 (28 October 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2006)
French Open 1R (2002, 2003, 2005)
US Open 1R (2008)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Bronze medal.svg Bronze Medal (2012)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (2004)
Team competitions
Davis Cup SF (2011)
Hopman Cup F (2012)
Last updated on: 23 July 2014.
Richard Gasquet
Medal record
Competitor for  France
Olympic Games
Bronze 2012 London Doubles

Richard Gasquet (French pronunciation: ​[ʁiʃaʁ ɡasˈkɛ]) (born 18 June 1986) is a French tennis player. He won the mixed doubles Grand Slam title at the 2004 French Open, partnering with Tatiana Golovin. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 7, achieved in July 2007.[2] In singles, his best achievements in Majors are reaching the semifinals of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships and the semifinals of the 2013 US Open. Gasquet is best known for his long winding groundstrokes and his one-handed backhand.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Richard Gasquet was born in Béziers in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. He is the only child in the family. He began playing tennis at the age of 4 under the guidance of his father, Francis, who ran a tennis club, the TC Sérignan, along with his mother Maryse. He appeared on the cover of French Tennis Magazine aged only 9, and was touted as an extremely promising prospect even at such an early age. He was coached by his father during his junior career, and by Tarik Benhabiles for a short period. Since turning professional he has been coached by Eric Deblicker and Guillaume Peyre. In February 2010, he hired coach Gabriel Markus, who has worked with Marat Safin and David Nalbandian in the past.

As a junior Gasquet posted a 44–7 singles record and reached as high as No. 1 in the world in September 2002.

Tournament 2001 2002
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A SF
French Open 3R W
Wimbledon A A
US Open A W

He made his debut on the ATP tour in April 2002, at the Tennis Masters Series tournament at Monte Carlo where he received a wildcard into qualifying and became the youngest player ever to qualify for a Tennis Masters event. At the age of 15 years, 10 months, he defeated Argentina's Franco Squillari in the first round of that tournament to become the youngest player to win a tour-level main draw match since Tommy Ho at Rye Brook in 1988.

Gasquet made his Grand Slam tournament debut at the 2002 French Open at the age of 15 years, 11 months, nine days. He was the second-youngest player ever to compete in the main draw there. Despite his lack of experience, he managed to take a set off the eventual champion Albert Costa in the first round. Gasquet finished 2002 as the No. 1 junior in the world and was named World Junior Champion, having won the junior titles at the French Open and the US Open. He was also the youngest player to finish in year-end ATP top 200.

Gasquet finished 2003 as the youngest player to finish a year inside the ATP top 100. In 2004, he reached his first ATP tournament final at Metz, but lost to fellow countryman Jérôme Haehnel 7–6, 6–4. He also won the mixed doubles trophy at the French Open that year, partnering Tatiana Golovin.

2005[edit]

Gasquet missed the first seven weeks of the 2005 season because of chickenpox. Upon his recovery he won back to back challenger titles in March. In April, riding the momentum of a 10 match winning streak, Gasquet reached the semifinals of the Masters Series tournament at Monte Carlo, handing world number one Roger Federer a surprise 7–6, 2–6, 7–6 defeat in the quarterfinal. He saved 3 match points before closing it out in a 10–8 tiebreak. As a result, he became the youngest French player ever to defeat a world number one. However, the eventual champion Rafael Nadal defeated him in the semifinals.

Fresh off of his win over world No. 1 Federer and having just beaten Paradorn Srichaphan in straight sets, the rising teen disappointingly lost against Andre Agassi at Rome's Masters tennis tournament. A month later, he reached the final of the Hamburg Masters, where, this time, he was defeated by Roger Federer in 3 sets.

In May, he won his first Grand Slam singles match at Roland Garros. On 18 June, his 19th birthday, he won his first ATP title, defeating Max Mirnyi in the final of the grass court tournament at Nottingham, England. He then made his Davis Cup debut against Russia in July where he won his first rubber against Igor Andreev but lost his second against Nikolay Davydenko.

Gasquet had to miss the last 2 months of the season because of an elbow injury. He finished the year as French number 1 for the first time.

2006[edit]

In 2006, Gasquet had a slow start after a first round defeat by Tommy Haas at the Australian Open. He later avenged this defeat in the Davis Cup 1st round tie against Germany where he beat Haas in 5 sets. However he lost both his singles rubbers in the quarter-final tie versus Russia, and suffered an abdominal injury in that tie which left him out of action for a month. Having struggled to find any form after his comeback during the clay season, Gasquet went out in the 2nd round of the French Open to David Nalbandian.

Following on from a disappointing opening half to his season, in the space of 3 weeks he successfully defended his title at Nottingham, lost in a first round meeting with Roger Federer at Wimbledon, and won his 2nd title of the year, on clay, in Gstaad. Gasquet's form continued to improve heading towards the US Open, as he reached the final of the Masters Seriers event in Toronto, again being halted by Federer, in 3 sets. He reached the fourth round of the US Open for the 2nd year in a row where he lost to Lleyton Hewitt in 5 sets.

In October he won his 3rd title of the year, this time on indoor carpet, in Lyon, completing his achievement of reaching finals on all four surfaces during the year. His season ended when he withdrew in the third round of the Paris Masters owing to illness. He ended the year as French number 1 for the second straight year.

2007[edit]

Gasquet's 2007 started with a quarterfinal in Adelaide, followed by a semifinal in Sydney. He went on to reach the fourth round of the 2007 Australian Open, losing to Tommy Robredo in 4 sets. At the Monte Carlo Masters Series tournament, he notched up his first win over a top 10 opponent of the year, winning his 3rd round match over Ivan Ljubičić, ranked 8 at the time. However he then lost his quarter-final to twice former Monte Carlo champion Juan Carlos Ferrero. Gasquet reached his first final of the season two weeks later, at Estoril, but the up-and-coming Serbian player Novak Djokovic got the better of him in 3 sets.

He reached the doubles final of the 2007 Monte Carlo Masters with Julien Benneteau, where the French team lost to Bob and Mike Bryan. Despite losing in the 2nd round of the French Open to Kristof Vliegen, he rose two spots to a career high No. 11.

Gasquet then made his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon. He beat fellow Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on his way to a quarter-final showdown with Andy Roddick. In one of the great Wimbledon quarter-finals, Gasquet recovered from a sluggish start and a deficit of two sets and a break in the third, to upset the two-time finalist by a scoreline of 4–6, 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 8–6. Gasquet managed to score an amazing 93 winners, many of which were with his almost 'trademark' backhand down the line. He lost in the semi-finals to Roger Federer (who beat him in the first round of the same event the previous year). He made his top-10 debut at No. 7 as a result.

The following week in Gstaad, as defending champion, he defeated Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo and avenged his Roland Garros loss to Kristof Vliegen, but lost in the quarter-finals to Igor Andreev. He bowed out at the 2007 US Open because of a virus. Gasquet returned to action in Mumbai, India winning his 5th career ATP title beating Olivier Rochus in the final. He followed this up by reaching the final of the Tokyo ATP tournament, losing to David Ferrer in straight sets.

He then took a few weeks break and then went to play in 2007 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon where he was defending champion. He lost to fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (whom he beat at Wimbledon) in the 3rd round in straight sets.

At the 2007 Paris Masters, Gasquet defeated Tsonga after his loss at Lyon in the second round and sixth seed James Blake in the third round. He beat Andy Murray in the quarter-finals to reach the semifinals, where he was stopped by David Nalbandian in straight sets. With his performance in Paris, Gasquet qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup, clinching 8th place.

At the Tennis Masters Cup, Gasquet was defeated by Rafael Nadal in his first round-robin match. He then defeated Novak Djokovic, but lost to David Ferrer. Gasquet failed to qualify for the semi-finals, finishing in third place in his group.

2008[edit]

Gasquet started out the year as the top seed of the Sydney Medibank International but made an early second round exit to eventual champion Dmitry Tursunov. Gasquet played with compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the doubles final of the Sydney Medibank International, scoring a major upset over world number one duo Bob and Mike Bryan 4–6, 6–4, 11–9. The French combination came back from two match points down to win the championship and deny the Bryan brothers ever winning the tournament.

Richard Gasquet in the first round at the 2008 Australian Open.

After defeating Nick Lindahl, Feliciano López and Igor Andreev, Gasquet lost in 4 sets in the fourth round of the 2008 Australian Open to eventual finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

At his next two tournaments, the Open 13 at Marseille, France, and the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, Gasquet suffered second round defeats to Robin Söderling and Igor Andreev. At the ATP Masters Series tournament in Indian Wells, California, Gasquet lost in straight sets in the fourth round to James Blake.

At the ATP Masters Series tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida, he lost his opening round match to Dmitry Tursunov. And at the USA vs France World Group Quarterfinal Davis Cup match, Gasquet lost in three sets to American James Blake in his opening round match. Then in a controversial move, he later told French Davis Cup Captain, Guy Forget that he was opting out of his key match against Andy Roddick in their reverse singles matchup.

After winning his first round match at the Monte Carlo Masters tournament, Gasquet's poor form continued as he lost his second round match to Sam Querrey and then both of his opening round matches at the ATP Masters Series events in Rome and Hamburg to Luis Horna and to Andreas Seppi respectively.

With a string of disappointing results behind him, Gasquet admitted to feeling burned out, in dire need of a concerted rest from tennis and admitted a reluctance to play the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam. However he changed coaches immediately ahead of the French Open, and then later decided to pull out of his first round match against Florent Serra, (France) citing a left knee injury problem.

Gasquet, later announced his decision to not take part in the upcoming Summer Olympic games in Beijing, preferring instead to prepare for the US Open which began at the end of the summer hardcourt season in August. He joined fellow world top 10 player Andy Roddick, American Mardy Fish and former top 10 player Tommy Haas of Germany, a silver medalist in 2000 at the Sydney Olympic Games, who all opted out of that year's Olympic Games.

At the new tennis rankings posted on 9 June 2008, Gasquet fell one place from world number 9 to world number 10 in the world.

Gasquet began the grass court season at the The Artois Championships at Queen's Club, London where he defeated Mario Ančić of Croatia in the second round, and Italian Simone Bolelli in the third round. However in his quarterfinal match he fell to David Nalbandian of Argentina. This was Gasquet's first quarterfinal appearance in a tournament this year.

At the Wimbledon Championships, Gasquet was the eight seed and defeated American Mardy Fish in the first round. In his next two matches he defeated a pair of his French compatriots, Sébastien Grosjean and Gilles Simon. He went out to Britain's Andy Murray in the fourth round 5–7, 3–6, 7–6, 6–2, 6–4 despite serving for the match at 5–4 in the third.

At the new tennis rankings posted on Monday, 7 July 2008, Gasquet fell five places from world number 10 to world number 15, making it the first time in nine months since his ranking fell outside the top 10, and the lowest he had been ranked since April 2007.

At the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, Gasquet was the second seed and reached his first ATP tour semifinal and final of the year after defeating Spaniard Albert Montañés in the quarterfinals and sixth-seeded Argentine Agustín Calleri in the semifinals [1]. Favourite to win the tournament, Gasquet suffered a surprise defeat in the finals to Argentine teenager Juan Martín del Potro in straight sets.

Gasquet began with a first round win over Frenchman Michaël Llodra in Cincinnati Masters, after Llodra retired but then lost in the second round to Dmitry Tursunov in straight sets.

Gasquet made an early first round exit from US Open, losing against Tommy Haas in five sets.

2009[edit]

Gasquet began his 2009 tour season at the Brisbane International in Brisbane, Australia. Gasquet came back from a set down to defeat Marc Gicquel in the first round. He had then a straight-sets win over American Taylor Dent in the second round and defeated second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals. He lost to Radek Štěpánek in the semifinals. Gasquet then traveled to Sydney, Australia for the Medibank International. He defeated defending champion Dmitry Tursunov in the first round, and second seed and compatriot Gilles Simon in straight sets in the second round. Gasquet then defeated countryman Jérémy Chardy, before losing to David Nalbandian in the semi-final. At the Australian Open, he won his first round match against Argentine Diego Junqueira and defeated Denis Istomin in the second round. In the third round, he lost to Fernando González in a five-set match that lasted over four hours. He held a match point in the third-set tiebreak, but was unable to convert it.

Gasquet had to pull out of the tournament in Marseille because of a right shoulder injury. His next tournament was scheduled to be Dubai. In the first round, he defeated Marat Safin. He then defeated Italian Simone Bolelli and received a bye to the semifinal following Andy Murray's withdrawal because of illness, where he was then defeated by David Ferrer. He then participated in the Davis Cup to represent France with compatriots Gilles Simon, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Gaël Monfils against the Czech Republic in the first round. Gasquet teamed up with Michaël Llodra (who replaced Monfils) to play the doubles rubber on day two, but lost in four sets against Radek Štěpánek and Tomáš Berdych. France then went on to lose the tie 2–3, the first time they had exited in the first round since 2000. His next tournament at the BNP Paribas Open Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, he received a bye in the first round, and then defeated compatriot Michaël Llodra, before losing to Fernando Verdasco in the third round.

Gasquet after hitting a backhand at the 2009 US Open.

In May 2009, Gasquet was provisionally suspended after testing positive for cocaine. Traces of the drug were found in his urine sample.[3] In July 2009, he was cleared to return to competitive tennis after a tribunal found that "the cocaine entered his system through inadvertent contamination in a nightclub". Gasquet suggested that the cocaine entered his system after he kissed a woman in a nightclub. The tribunal stated that the quantity of cocaine detected in Gasquet's sample was "very small, about the size of a grain of salt".[4]

Gasquet made his return to the tour at the Pilot Pen championship in New Haven to qualify for the main draw, but lost in the second round of qualifying. Playing in his first Grand Slam since January, Gasquet drew Rafael Nadal in the first round of the US Open and lost in straight sets. He played in his next tournament at the Open de Moselle in Metz. He made a solid run, beating Michael Berrer, Christophe Rochus, and Philipp Petzschner to reach his first ATP semifinals since January. He lost to eventual winner Gaël Monfils. He also made a quarterfinal run in the Kuala Lumpur Open 250 tournament in Malaysia, losing to Fernando Verdasco despite holding a 3–0 lead in the first set.

2010[edit]

Gasquet began the season at the Brisbane International. He defeated Jarkko Nieminen and Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden, but he lost to Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals. He then entered the Medibank International in Sydney. There, he beat Feliciano López, in the first round, and Benjamin Becker in the second round. Gasquet then defeated Potito Starace in the quarterfinals and Julien Benneteau in the semifinals. However, he lost in the final to Marcos Baghdatis. At the Australian Open, he lost to Mikhail Youzhny in five sets in the first round, despite having several match points in the third and fourth sets.

Gasquet withdrew from both the Movistar Open and the 2010 Brasil Open because of a recurring injury, but returned at the 2010 Copa Telmex, where he lost in the first round to Juan Ignacio Chela. Next, Gasquet played at Abierto Mexicano Telcel, where he defeated Carlos Moyá in the first round. In the second round, however, he lost to defending champion Nicolás Almagro. He lost in the first round of both the 2010 BNP Paribas Open to Simon Greul, and the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open to Olivier Rochus. In April, he played at the 2010 Grand Prix Hassan II, where he defeated Olivier Rochus and Andrey Golubev before losing to Victor Hănescu in the quarter-finals.

At the 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Gasquet advanced to the second round after a three-set win over Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver, but was defeated by Tomáš Berdych. He lost to Fernando Verdasco in the second round of the 2010 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell after defeating Igor Andreev in the first round. Gasquet defeated Olivier Rochus and Andreas Seppi in the Serbian Open but lost to John Isner despite being two points away from victory and a break up in the final set. Gasquet then played in the 2010 BNP Paribas Primrose Bordeaux, an ATP Tour Challenger event, where he defeated Thierry Ascione, Alex Bogdanovic, Olivier Rochus, and Florent Serra in straight sets, before defeating Michaël Llodra in the final.

As preparation for the 2010 French Open, Gasquet entered the 2010 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur. He advanced to the final with wins over Lukáš Lacko, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Olivier Rochus, and Potito Starace. He faced second seed Fernando Verdasco in the final, and prevailed in three sets, breaking a five-match losing streak against Verdasco. Richard lost his first-round match of the 2010 French Open against the fourth seed Andy Murray in five sets. Gasquet then played in the 2010 Aegon Championships in preparation for Wimbledon, and won against Kei Nishikori and Rajeev Ram, but withdrew in the third round due to a back injury. He also withdrew from the 2010 Wimbledon Championships as a result.

After being sidelined for a lengthy period, Richard then appeared at the 2010 Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad in Switzerland. Seeded seventh, he had victories over Farrukh Dustov, Daniel Brands and fourth seed Albert Montañés to reach the semifinals. In the semifinals, he defeated Yuri Schukin for a place in the final, where he lost to Nicolás Almagro. At the Cincinnati Masters, he reached the third round, beating Mikhail Youzhny in the process before falling to Mardy Fish. At the US Open he brushed aside sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko in the second round, the Russian winning a mere nine games. He lost in the fourth round to fellow Frenchman Gaël Monfils in straight sets, despite having held set points in both the second and third sets.

At the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters 1000, Gasquet advanced to the third round, defeating Ernests Gulbis and compatriot Gaël Monfils, before losing to Novak Djokovic. He reached the quarterfinals in Basel before falling to Victor Troicki in a lacklustre display. At the Paris Masters, he outlasted Nicolas Mahut in a marathon, winning 9–7 in the third set tiebreak, before falling to Roger Federer in straight sets in the second round. He made the Davis Cup team for France in the final against Serbia.

2011[edit]

Gasquet at the Boodles Challenge in June 2011.

Gasquet began 2011 at the 2011 Aircel Chennai Open losing to Björn Phau. He then headed to Australia to play in the 2011 Medibank International Sydney, losing to Viktor Troicki. Afterwards he played in the first Grand Slam of the year at the 2011 Australian Open, losing in the third round to Tomáš Berdych. He then competed at the 2011 PBZ Zagreb Indoors, where he reached the quarterfinals after a bye and the withdrawal of Arnaud Clément. However, he retired against Michael Berrer, 2–5 down due to a shoulder injury. After a short break, he played in the 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships, where he defeated qualifiers Grigor Dimitrov and Sergei Bubka, as well as compatriot Gilles Simon, before he lost to top seed Roger Federer in the semifinals in straight sets, despite serving for the second set.

At the BNP Paribas Open, he defeated top-10 players Jürgen Melzer and Andy Roddick back to back. It was the first time in his career that he had defeated two top-10 players consecutively. He lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. With the result, he made his return to the top 20 of the rankings. In Miami, he played Paolo Lorenzi, who upset Ivan Ljubičić, in the second round. He won that match, but fell to Mardy Fish. Gasquet then played in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, where he had a tough first-round victory over Denis Istomin. He then breezed through his second-round match against Guillermo García-López, before falling to Rafael Nadal in the third round.

At the Mutua Madrid Open, Gasquet was defeated in the first round by the Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver. At the Italian Open, he played Roger Federer in the third round, and came from behind to claim a spectacular victory 4–6, 7–6, 7–6. He was defeated by Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. At the French Open, Gasquet cruised through his first two rounds before impressively defeating Thomaz Bellucci in four sets in front of an animated Parisian crowd. He, however, lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets in round four and rose to world no. 13 as a result.

At Wimbledon, he was defeated in the fourth round by Andy Murray. He reached the third rounds of the Rogers Cup in Canada and the Southern & Western Open in Cincinnati, where he was defeated by Nicolás Almagro and Mardy Fish, respectively. At the US Open, he lost in the second round to Ivo Karlović.

2012[edit]

Gasquet with his doubles partner Julien Benneteau after winning the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.

Coached by Riccardo Piatti, Gasquet kicked off his 2012 season by competing at the 2012 Hopman Cup alongside top-10 WTA pro Marion Bartoli. He made the quarterfinals in the Apia International Sydney. He competed in the 2012 Australian Open shortly afterward, defeating Andreas Seppi, Andrey Golubev, and ninth seed Janko Tipsarević en route to the fourth round. There, he faced and lost to fifth seed David Ferrer. Immediately thereafter, he made the quarterfinals at the Open Sud de France, losing to Juan Martín del Potro.

In February, he made the quarterfinals in Rotterdam, before losing to Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets. In Indian Wells, he lost his first match to Albert Ramos. Gasquet reached the fourth round in Miami, but was defeated by eventual champion Novak Djokovic. He reached the final in Estoril, where he lost to Juan Martín del Potro in straight sets. In Madrid, Gasquet beat Thomaz Bellucci and Victor Troicki, before succumbing to Roger Federer. Gasquet defeated Andy Murray in the third round of the Rome Masters, but lost to David Ferrer in the quarterfinals.

Gasquet reached the fourth round of the French Open before losing to Andy Murray.[5] At Wimbledon he lost in the fourth round to Florian Mayer and in the US Open he lost at the same stage to David Ferrer.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Gasquet played in both the singles and doubles competitions. In the singles, he lost to Marcos Baghdatis in the second round. He had more success in the doubles however, as he and Julien Benneteau defeated Spaniards David Ferrer and Feliciano López in the third-place playoff to win the bronze medals.

2013[edit]

Gasquet started his 2013 season by capturing the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open in Doha. In the final he defeated former finalist Nikolay Davydenko in three sets. He followed that win by reaching the fourth round of the 2013 Australian Open, where he met and lost to compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets. Gasquet won his second title of the year defeating fellow Frenchman Benoît Paire in the Open Sud de France final. At the French Open he lost in the fourth round to Stanislas Wawrinka despite winning the first two sets, leading to further questions over his mental strength. As the ninth seed, Gasquet reached the third round at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships before losing to Australia's Bernard Tomic in four sets.[6]

At the US Open, Gasquet made it to the semifinals, his best run at a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon 2007. He defeated David Ferrer in the quarterfinals, once again letting a two-set lead slip before holding his nerve to win 6-3 in the fifth. He was subsequently beaten by eventual champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets. Nevertheless Gasquet's run strengthened his grip on a top ten position and he went on to reach the ATP World Tour Finals for the second time in his career, once again being eliminated in the group stage after defeats by Juan Martin Del Potro and Roger Federer.

2014[edit]

Gasquet started his 2014 season in the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open in Doha where he was the defending champion. He lost to Gael Monfils in second round. In the third round of the 2014 Australian Open, he was defeated by Tommy Robredo in four sets despite taking the first set 6–2. Gasquet returned to Montpellier to defend his title at the 2014 Open Sud de France, but was defeated by Monfils in the final. At the 2014 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament second round, Gasquet was defeated by Philipp Kohlschreiber.

He reached the third round of the 2014 Indian Wells Masters. At the 2014 Miami Masters, he defeated Alejandro Gonzalez and Kevin Anderson in second and third in straight sets respectively. However, in the fourth round, he was defeated by Roger Federer.

Gasquet made his return from back injury at the French Open. He reach the third round before defeated by Fernando Verdasco.

Gasquet open his grass court season with a loss to Robin Haase at the 2014 Gerry Weber Open. He then reached the final of the 2014 Aegon International. In the final, he was defeated by defending champion Feliciano Lopez for the first time in 5 meetings, 7-5 in the deciding set. Gasquet suffered further misery in the second round at Wimbledon when he once again relinquished a two-set lead, this time to wildcard Nick Kyrgios, missing a joint Grand Slam record nine match points in the process.

Gasquet defeated Denis Istomin and Paolo Lorenzi to reach the third round of the 2014 US Open. In the third round, he was defeated by Gael Monfils. Continuing his dissappointing year.

Playing style[edit]

Gasquet is noted for his powerful and precise single-handed backhand, his flair and shot-making ability, and his speed around the court. He is an all-court player. Gasquet's single-handed backhand features a high take back, utilising gravity, coils up (very low to the ground), and slowly unwinds, unleashing one of the most lethal and graceful backhands on the ATP tours. However, his forehand can be considered a weaker shot. He is capable of hitting big winners on that side, but in general, his rally forehand lacks consistent depth. While he is capable of hitting big winners, Gasquet is sometimes criticised for being too defensive, standing deep in the court and hitting the ball with looping top-spin or slices lacking of pace.

Gasquet has earned much praise for his "natural ability".[7] One of the accolades he has received is recognition of his ability to play all-round complete tennis.

Equipment[edit]

Gasquet endorses the Head Graphene Extreme Pro, and uses Tourna Grip, which he double grips at only the bottom half of his racquet's handle. While Gasquet has sported the paint job of the Extreme line of racquets for years, it is generally accepted by those in the know that underneath the paint is the older Head Liquidmetal Instinct Tour XL, for the molds of the Extreme racquets and the Instinct racquets are distinctly different to the trained eye.[8][9] He has used the Instinct since 2004. His racquet is strung with Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 String. He wore Lacoste clothing for many years, before switching to Le Coq Sportif in 2014.[10] His shoe of choice is from Asics. He also has Lagardère Tags on his sleeves.

Career statistics[edit]

Main article: Richard Gasquet career statistics

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Richard-Gasquet.aspx
  2. ^ ATP World Tour – Tennis Players – Richard Gasquet
  3. ^ "Gasquet suspended after drug test". BBC Sport. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Gasquet cleared to return to tour". BBC Sport. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Richard Gasquet". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Rumsby, Ben (29 June 2013). "Wimbledon 2013: Bernard Tomic stuns ninth seed Richard Gasquet to move into fourth round". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Homsi, George (10 January 2008). "'Baby Federer' Shakes Off Growing Pains". atpworldtour.com. ATP Tour, Inc. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Tennis Racket". ESPN. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gasquet's racquet". TalkTennis. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Epstein, Jackie. "Richard Gasquet hopes new kit will help him succeed at Australian Open". Herald Sun. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 

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