Gasquet: I can't watch four or five sets, even if it's Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal



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Gasquet: I can't watch four or five sets, even if it's Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal

French tennis star Richard Gasquet, 34, says he is a huge tennis fan but these days watching a long, best-of-five-set match is hard for him. Gasquet, who turned professional in 2002, has won 15 ATP titles throughout his career but none of those 15 titles came on the Grand Slam level -- where best-of-five-set matches are played.

The Frenchman had a promising career as a junior but he never became a multiple Grand Slam champion and world No. 1 -- as many expected he would. "I don't know if there is someone who likes tennis more than I do, but I can't watch Roland-Garros anymore, I can't watch four or five sets, even for a Federer-Nadal.

When you've been watching for 1:20, it's 7-6 and 0-1, I'm cooked. It's tiring," Gasquet told L'Equipe.

Gasquet, a former world No. 7, made the semifinal at the inaugural Ultimate Tennis Showdown, before he was beaten by world No.

8 Matteo Berrettini. The Ultimate Tennis Showdown -- which was founded by coach Patrick Mouratoglou and held at the Mouratoglou Academy -- featured a number of unique rules. Mouratoglou's main goal was to bring younger audience and matches at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown were played in four quarters of 10 minutes and players served twice alternatively.

Gasquet, now ranked at No. 50 in the world, enjoyed playing at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown.

Gasquet says playing the US Open an individual choice

Last month, the US Open organizers received the green light from the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to proceed with the event as initially scheduled from August 31 - September 13.

But the US Open organizers will have to do everything in their power to minimize the risk of anyone getting infected at the tournament and they are preparing a set of strict hygiene restrictions -- which players will be required to follow.

A number of players have complained about those strict hygiene restrictions and the fact that the United States have been the hardest hit nation by the coronavirus pandemic doesn't help the organizers either. "It's your choice to play the US Open or not.

But the rules must be clear and strict. No private homes. You stay in hotel room, someone brings you a meal tray, you go out to play. It's only three weeks of your career," Gasquet said.