Richard Gasquet

Sport: Tennis
Nationality: France France
Birth date: 1986-06-18 (28 years)

Richard Gasquet was one of the young talented tennis players who succeeded on pursing their careers. He was born on June 18, 1986 in Béziers, Languedoc – Roussillon, France. With the guidance of his father, Richard Gasquet began playing tennis at the early age of 4. His parents at that time ran a tennis Club called the TC Sérignan. At the age of 9, Richard appeared on the cover of French Tennis Magazine and was flaunted as a potential and promising tennis player even at an early age.

During his early years, Richard had a slight advantage over his age because both his parents were tennis instructors. At the age of 12, Richard had won the Petit AS Championship considering his opponent was 7 inches taller than him and weighs heavier. At the age of 15 he made his debut in the ATP tour in April of 2002 at the Tennis Masters Series tour at Monte Carlo. It is in this tournament where he received a wildcard making him the youngest player to qualify for a Tennis Masters event. During the event, he defeated Franco Squillari of Argentina in the first round of that tournament.

At the age of 15, Richard Gasquet made his Grand Slam debut at the 2002 French Open. On the year 2004, Richard has been coached by one of the ex-pro tennis player Eric Deblicker. Aside from his singles titles, Richard has also won the mixed doubles trophy at the French Open in 2004 when he paired with Tatiana Golovin.

In 2005 and 2006, his willpower led this young tennis pro to the finals in the Masters Series where he lost to Roger Federer in those two consecutive years. Gasquet is gifted with his strong and precise one-handed backhand technique with his ability to hit the ball on a high speed around the court. With his natural talent in tennis, no wonder Richard has earned much praise from the media, critics, and sports aficionados. He is currently (March, 2008) ranked world number 7 on the official ATP Rankings.

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