The 34-year-old Frenchman Richard Gasquet earned a massive ranking milestone on Monday, becoming the fourth active player with 800 consecutive weeks in the top-100! The Beziers native won ten out of 20 matches in 2020, keeping enough points from 2019 to remain in the top-50.
Roger Federer leads the standings with 1088 consecutive weeks in the elite 100, followed by Rafael Nadal, who celebrated the 900th a month ago. Fernando Verdasco is on 858, and Gasquet is now also in the 'Club 800,' achieved only by a couple of players since the beginning of the ATP ranking in 1973.
Richard cracked the top-100 in April 2005 at 18, working on various elements of his game in the following years to settle among the most consistent competitors on the Tour, scoring almost 550 ATP wins and claiming 15 ATP titles from 31 finals.
A talented but injury-prone player could have achieved more, especially after nearly 250 victories on the Masters 1000 and Major levels combined. Also, Richard had the opportunity to face 139 rivals from the top-10, scoring only 33 wins and failing to make an extra step and challenge the world's leading players.
Nonetheless, he has been able to rattle off one decent season after another for 15 years, good enough to earn the ranking record that illustrates his skills and abilities.
Richard Gasquet became the fourth active player with 800 consecutive top-100 weeks.
Richard underwent groin surgery in January 2019 and skipped all the action until Madrid to suffer the most significant ranking drop in nine years!
After a slow return on clay, Richard reached the semi-final in s-Hertogenbosch and advanced into Cincinnati's last four for the best Masters 1000 result since Miami 2013. Gasquet couldn't repeat that form by the end of the season, still finishing in the top-50 and securing another season in that group following two solid results in the year behind us.
Richard kicked off the previous season in Montpellier and retired in the quarter-final against Vasek Pospisil. He was also the quarter-finalist in Dubai, losing to the fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils in straight sets and spending the next five months at home following the coronavirus outbreak.
Richard couldn't find the form once the season started again, losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in Cincinnati and Roland Garros and Alex de Minaur at the US Open in the second round after beating Ivo Karlovic in the first.
Daniil Medvedev, Alex de Minaur and Diego Schwartzman were too strong for Gasquet in St. Petersburg, Antwerp and Paris. The Frenchman found the form in Sofia at the end of the season, using a favorable draw and advancing into the semis.
Richard was ranked 7th in 2007 following the semi-final at Wimbledon that he lost to Roger Federer.