Open de Caen is an exhibition event that kicked off in 2011 in Zenith de Caen venue, gathering some of the world's finest players in preparations for the new season. Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet, David Goffin, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer are on the impressive list of champions, with a strong field of players gathering in Caen again between December 8-11.
The winner from 2012 and 2014 Richard Gasquet will have to miss the event, still struggling with an ongoing knee injury that has been bothering him in the last couple of months of the season, preventing him from hitting the practice court ahead of 2020.
The injury-prone Frenchman grabbed only 17 wins in 2019, finishing outside the top-60 for the first time since 2004 when he was still 18 and reaching only two semi-finals! Richard kicked off the action in Madrid after undergoing groin surgery in January, missing the first four months of the new season and failing to make an impression in the first four tournaments on clay.
In June, Richard dropped out from the top-50 for the first time in nine years after failing to defend 's-Hertogenbosch title (lost in the semis), unable to find form and suffering early losses in Halle, Wimbledon, Bastad, Hamburg and Kitzbuhel to damage his ranking position.
In Montreal and Cincinnati, Gasquet found his best tennis, scoring six wins in total and advancing into the semi-final in Ohio where he lost to David Goffin in straight sets. By the end of the year, Gasquet entered only six tournaments and couldn't make a notable run after only two triumphs, dealing with that knee injury and skipping all the action after Basel, including home Masters 1000 event in Paris. Gasquet has won 15 ATP titles from 31 finals, failing to reach a title match in 2019 for the first time in eight years.