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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Photo of Richard Gasquet by Chris Silva.

Photo of Richard Gasquet by Chris Silva.

Just 2 years ago, Richard Gasquet was one of the most widely known up-and-coming tennis stars; but, after a horrific season, he is a mere afterthought. He was at once ranked in the top 10 in the world rankings; however, he now ranks outside of the top 20. For someone who was trying to break into the upper echelon of tennis superstars, losses to Luis Horna, Marc Giquel, and Steve Darcis are simple unacceptable. But, I don’t want to be too harsh; Gasquet did have a knee injury early last season. The fact, however, that he was never able to fully recover from that injury is a bit unnerving and casts some doubts about his true potential. The big guns, Nadal and Federer, were both able to recover from injuries/illnesses, as Nadal had severe blisters and off-and-on knee problems and Federer had mono. If Gasquet wants to be at the top of his sport, he will need to learn how to do the same.

As a first step to his comeback, Gasquet has hired a new coach, Guillaume Peyre. Gasquet spoke about his desire for a change, stating that it ” was four years with my last coach and it was maybe too long.” He has also already arrived in Australia in order to prep for the beginning of the upcoming season, one of the first stars to do so. His season begins with two Australian Open warm-up tournaments in Brisbane and Sydney.

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