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Richard Gasquet - France  

Richard Gasquet Birth Date: 6/18/1986 Age: 31
Birth Place: Beziers, France Residence: Neuchatel, Switzerland
Height: 6'1\ (185 cm)" Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Year Turned Pro: 2002 Plays: Right-handed
Official Website: www.richardgasquet.net Twitter:

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On the Court

Made his ATP debut as a wild card at Monte Carlo in 2002 while ranked 589th, and won his first-ever match, shocking No. 54 Franco Squillari in three sets, then lost to No. 6 Marat Safin in the second round. Jumped more than 200 spots in the rankings after that effort. Made his Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros later that year, losing to Albert Costa in four sets.

Opened 2003 by losing in the first round of the Australian Open, splitting time between wild cards in big tournaments and a Challenger schedule. Entered the Top 100 for the first time after winning the Challenger field at Grenoble.

Reached his first ATP semifinal at Buenos Aires in 2004, defeating two players ranked in the Top 25 on the way. Reached his first ATP final at Metz that October, falling to Jerome Haehnel.

Was ranked 101st when he returned to Monte Carlo in 2005, stepping into the limelight for the first time by shocking No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, then falling to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals to move up to 59th. Two weeks later, reached the finals at Hamburg, losing to Federer, but moving up to No. 31 in the world. Reached the third round at Roland Garros, the quarterfinals at Queen's Club, then scored his first-ever ATP title victory at Nottingham, defeating Max Mirnyi, to jump to No. 20. Followed that up with a fourth-round trip at Wimbledon, moving up to No. 17. A fourth-round trip ensued at the US Open, moving him to No. 12.

Started 2006 by losing six of seven matches before reaching the fourth round at Indian Wells to return to No. 12 (had been as low as 18th). Slumped significantly during the clay court season, falling to 66th before bouncing back to win at Nottingham. After a first-round fail at Wimbledon, won Gstaad over Feliciano Lopez, then reached the finals of the Rogers Cup. Made a second straight fourth-round appearance at the US Open, then won Lyon for his third title of the season, moving back up to No. 20.

The beginning of his 2007 season was a vast improvement over 2006, as he reached the semifinals at Sydney and the fourth round of the Australian Open. Went 2-0 in France's first-round Davis Cup win over Romania, then reached the Monte Carlo quarterfinals and the Estroil final. Was ranked 14th entering Wimbledon and enjoyed his best Grand Slam performance to date, upsetting No. 3 Andy Roddick in a 4-6, 4-6, 76-(2), 7-6(3), 8-6 quarterfinal before losing to Federer in the semifinals. Moved up to No. 7 in the world with the run, his first time in the Top 10. Stayed in the Top 10 for three weeks before dropping out by losing four out of five matches. Bounced back to win Mumbai and reach the final at Tokyo. He returned to No. 8 in time to qualify for the Tennis Masters Cup in China, going 1-2 in round-robin play.

Remained in the Top 10 until July of 2008, dropping to 15th after falling in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Bounced back to reach the finals at Stuttgart and the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup. Did not win a tournament in 2008.

Started 2009 by reaching back to back semifinals at Brisbane and Sydney. Injuries began to plague him after Indian Wells, and he missed nearly four months between Rome and New Haven, dropping to No. 46 in the process. Struggled the rest of the season and ended 2009 outside of the Top 50.

Reached the final at Sydney to start 2010, but another tough clay-court season saw him fall to 86th. Played a Challenger tournament, winning at Boudreaux, to get in more work, then won Nice, upsetting No. 9 Fernando Verdasco in the final. Reached the fourth round of the US Open to return to No. 30.

Rejoined the Top 20 with a quarterfinal appearance at Indian Wells in 2011, then put together his most impressive string in four years, reaching the semifinals at Rome with wins over two Top 10 players and the fourth rounds of both Roland Garros and Wimbledon to rise to No. 11.

Reached the finals of Estoril in 2012, as well as the Rogers Cup. Won Bangkok in September, defeating fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon in the final.

Grand Slam Titles:

None

Year-End Singles Rankings:

2011: 19
2010: 30
2009: 52
2008: 25
2007: 8
2006: 18
2005: 17
2004: 107
2003: 93
2002: 161

Off the Court

Is the son of Francis and Maryse, both of whom teach tennis .Was on the cover of the French version of Tennis Magazine at age nine in 1996. In 2002, he finished first in the world among juniors, winning both Roland Garros and the US Open. In 2008, he opened the Richard Gasquet Foundation.