(UNDER CONSTRUCTION) The equally highly talented as well as early developed son of two tennis teachers Richard Gasquet (*1986 / FRA), was since his childhood considered as a big prodigy of French tennis. Already before his 10th birthday, he made the cover of the French magazine Tennis. I can well remember seeing small Richard, who was given the chance to breathe the air of the big tennis early on, practice at the courts of Roland Garros during the French Open in the late ’90s and admiring his wonderful coordination skills, as well as focus, and self-esteem back then already. So far, he peaked at the ATP # 7 in the age of 21 in 2007 and captured 15 ATP titles (as of the end of 2018). This is surely a remarkable career, but my personal feeling tells me that the huge expectations have been a certain burden for Richard and I somehow feel that he might not have used his potential entirely.
The one-handed backhand has then been almost Gasquet’s trademark stroke. My feeling guides me to the conclusion that Richard reached his best results years back while he played a higher percentage of his backhand in the open stance than he does today.
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