“I want to be able to achieve success on the court without cutting myself off from the rest of the world. Tennis is very important for me but life is much bigger!”
Richard Gasquet's Overview
Started playing tennis at age 4 with parents. Father, Francis, rans a tennis club in Serignan; mother, Maryse, also teaches tennis.
Discovered by Pierre Barthes, former ATP pro, who ran the nearby Cap d’Agde tennis camp.
Fervent rugby fan, supports his hometown team Béziers.
If he didn’t play tennis, he would probably be a rugby player.
Also a big fan of football/soccer.
Favorite teams are Montpellier and Paris St-Germain.
Already in 1996, at age 9, was on cover of French Tennis Magazine.
In Sept. 2001 earned his 1st ATP ranking point at same ITF Futures (Bagneres-de-Bigorre, France), where Tsonga did.
Turned Pro: 16.
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.
Concluded 2002 as the youngest (16) to finish in the year-end ATP top 200 and World No. 1 junior at the same time. Was named World Junior Champion.
Moved to Switzerland in Sept. 2005.
In 2005 joined world No. 2 Nadal as only teenagers to finish in Top 20.
Since 2007 is a top French pro tennis player.
Reached his career-high singles ranking world No. 7 on 9 July 2007.
Finished 4 seasons in Top 10 (2007, 2012-13, 2015), highlighted by No. 8 finish in 2007.
Awarded with 2012 Olympic bronze medal with his doubles partner Julien Benneteau.
In 2008, founded the Richard Gasquet Foundation, which aims to help adolescents who struggle to find their place in society and use sport as a means to bring underprivileged children back to health, and help them build their future.
Best moments are reaching the SF of the 2007 Grand Slams , 2015 Wimbledon Championships and the 2013 US Open SF.
Favorite surface is clay.
All-court player, known for his long-winding groundstrokes and single-handed backhand, which is considered one of the most graceful, efficient and effective backhands ever.
Among his weaknesses: sometimes he plays meters behind the baseline; his serve is not notably strong and he mostly waits for his rival to show signs of aggression before replying with his own.
Works with coaches Riccardo Piatti and Sebastien Grosjean.