Richard Gasquet close to retiring: "I'll tell you when it could happens"

The Frenchman has opened up about the possibility of retiring: here's when it could happen

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Richard Gasquet close to retiring: "I'll tell you when it could happens"
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Another piece of recent tennis history is heading towards sunset. Richard Gasquet was beaten in the first round of the ATP 250 tournament in Marseille by the Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut with a score of 6-3 7-5. This is the ninth consecutive defeat in the first round on the ATP circuit for the 37-year-old Frenchman.

Gasquet slipped to number 131 in the ranking: he had reached seventh position as best ranking in 2007 but this week. And now Gasquet has lost on his debut in 16 of the last 18 tournaments played.

Since the end of August, since the ATP 250 tournament preceding the US Open in Winston Salem, he has not won a match at ATP level. Gasquet has often been asked by journalists in recent weeks about a possible retirement.

Richard Gasquet
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The Frenchman explained: "I think you shouldn't suffer on the court, that's what will make me stop: physical pain. If I feel like I won't be able to win a match anymore, or if I suffer, I'll stop. If I feel like I can do something I'll play even the Challengers.

I repeat: to get excited and give yourself the desire to continue you have to win matches, it doesn't have to be a physical effort, otherwise you have to stop. When you're French, you hope to stop either at the Roland Garros or Paris Bercy. I think about it for a while. a little, but not too much."

The decline of Gasquet

As with other players in this period who are experiencing similar situations, the possibility of a retirement not too far away is becoming increasingly clear.

Gasquet has been a protagonist of the circuit for the last 20 years. When he emerged at a very young age with one of the most beautiful one-handed backhands around, we were also thinking of a career with greater successes for him.

But it was still a very respectable career. The current evolution with nine consecutive defeats in the first round will certainly make the player reflect given that it is a situation that has not occurred since the 2004 season. When a Gasquet, then seventeen, had similarly lost nine games in a row.

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