Richard Gasquet: “I’m worried about the future of French tennis”

Richard Gasquet is now heading towards the final phase of his career. The Frenchman was considered to be one of the most talented players on the ATP Tour and despite him having achieved interesting results (for example the entry into the Top Ten) there were higher expectations.

Unfortunately, the now 35 year old athlete had to deal with the era of the Big Three that literally dominated the circuit. The former world number 7 acknowledged in a recent interview that it has been a really bad year for French tennis, especially at the Grand Slam level.

No French tennis player has reached the second week of the circuit and Gasquet said he was almost incredulous that this happened in a country with such a tennis history. The tennis player talked about expectations for next year and made good wishes.

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Here are his words to the French newspaper L’Equipe: “It was a very bad year, really sad that no Frenchman has reached the Round of 16 in Grand Slam tournaments. Unfortunately, in the circuit there are me, Gael Monfils, Tsonga and Gilles Simon and now people should understand that they should expect less of us.

In previous eras and ours we have had several guys in the Top Ten. Next year is very important for young French tennis players and I hope someone can fight to get into the top ten in the world. This situation is really worrying for us and for all French tennis.”

Richard Gasquet has also confirmed that he is vaccinated for Coronavirus and intends to play at Melbourne Park: “I am leaving on December 27th, very little is missing. I’m happy to be able to play again, I don’t know when my retirement date will be and so I’m happy to go to Australia. We should try and hope to be at our best for the new season. I managed to stay in the top 100 in 2021, I hope to do the same in 2022 as well. As long as I can play and be competitive, it’s nice to continue.”

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