Biterrois Richard Gasquet: “I’m still alive and where I should be at 36, on the track”

At almost 36 years old, the Biterrois tennis player, an early talent, continues to win games and have fun. If two “musketeers” have retired or are retiring, don’t think about it.

What do you remember about your 19th Roland-Garros where you didn’t want to talk about the physical defeat after the elimination in the 2nd round against Sebastian Korda.

I lost here, the guy (sic) was stronger than me, the level was too high. He’s a player who will go through the top 10 pretty quickly, and I couldn’t get any better than him. Now, I remember I was able to play Roland-Garros again, I won a game, I had fun anyway. And I also had the pleasure of playing in front of people at Suzanne-Lenglen.

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Born on June 18, 1986 in Béziers. Son of Maryse and Francesc. 1.83 m; 79 kg. Ranked 70th in the ATP. Best ranking: 7th on July 9th, 2007.

He became a professional in 2002, when he became the world number one junior. Winner of the “Little Aces” of Tarbes in 1999 by beating Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Winner of the Davis Cup and the Hopman Cup, mixed team cup in 2017. Bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics with Julien Benneteau.

Winner of 15 titles in the individual circuit, including the Open Sud de France Montpellier in 2013, 2015, 2016 (for 17 lost finals). He played 66 Grand Slam tournaments (15 Australian Open, 19 Roland Garros, 15 Wimbledon, 17 US Open).

You even extended the pleasure of being a consultant for France Télévisions, which didn’t seem to suit you! Did you like it, was it good, was it a “one shot” or a serious track?

I had fun, it changed me, I wanted to talk about tennis on TV. Anyway, at least I didn’t go down without explaining myself first. Then, yes, I was better in the second game than in the first, it’s always been a while, there’s the intonation, it’s never easy. I always listened to the comments, it changed my field, it was a great experience. Then we’ll see next year.

Therefore, you were one of the privileged witnesses of the tribute ceremony to JW Tsonga, Gilles Simon also left. It hit you and probably challenged you at almost 36, right?

Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. But I had a good Geneva, I managed to win a few games from the start of the season. I’m still in the top 100, so I don’t ask myself the question while I’m fine physically, also mentally. It’s getting closer but I don’t have as many questions to ask myself about it.

Post-tennis: “It’s a little too early, I can’t think of it”

As he celebrates his 36th birthday on June 18, Richard Gasquet believes it is still a bit early to study post-tennis. “Today is a bit far for me, I have a hard time thinking about it. In fact, I’ve been playing for 33 years, going back to childhood, these are deep and very deep things. Important for me. I really want to finish. well my career “.

Richard Gasquet is currently ranked 70th in the world, and he still imagines having a good time on a professional circuit that he has been attending for two decades and as long as he is well physically and mentally, he is not abandoned.

One day, however, Biterrois will come back, and he is almost uneasy: “For the rest of my life, we’ll see. It will take some time, but it will necessarily be in tennis … ”We would have guessed!

The same tribute in a year for you at the Central, signs because you will still be clear?

It’s a little too early to talk about it, I don’t know when I’ll stop. I played a good game, did a good tribute, was applauded, there were people. I was happy for him but I don’t ask myself the question, I’m still in the top 100, I’m going to play at Wimbledon, the US Open. I don’t think so, we will take stock at the end of the season but at the moment I am a 100% professional player and I give my best to try to win games.

The return of the public at full speed, the evening sessions with the public, this gave a very different Roland-Garros from the 2021 vintage!

Yes, it was well done. But in the other Grand Slams it went well, there was no reason why it wasn’t like that in Paris … It was a great edition, the return of the public was long there after the Covid for two years.

You managed a great tournament in Geneva by beating Medvedev (No. 2 in the world) … Richard Gasquet in two sets, is it worth a top 20?

Top 20, I don’t know, even in two sets. I’ve played good games, I like to play, I’m alive, I still feel like a tennis player and in my place, where I even have to be at 36 years old. And it’s on the ground.

Your biography

came out recently, is there a need to open up or a willingness to settle some accounts?

When I did, I had no need. I don’t need psychoanalysis, I did it a long time ago. Because you lose so many games so well in the evening, you do, and I have no worries in my life either. I just wanted to write a book for people to read. I really enjoy reading. I read a lot of books when I was young, but there are no rules of accounts, no!

You’ve won Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Murray … you’ve won the Davis Cup, you’ve been 7th in the world, you’ve played 3 Grand Slam semifinals, you’ve won the bronze medal at the Olympics, if so, what would it be?

I definitely miss not having played the Grand Slam final, but at no point was I in a situation. each time in the semis, I was defeated by one of the best in the world. I came across a very tough generation.

Among other things, we will remember the title of “Petit Mozart” in French tennis and also this dream reversal, is it a pride?

I am not proud of my youth because it has not always been easy to live together. As for the reverse, it makes me happy to hear someone tell me they like to see my reverse, it’s even what makes me happier because I appreciate technical gestures in other sports.

What do you think of this Sunday’s final between Nadal and Ruud?

Rafael Nadal is the overwhelming favorite. I don’t think he missed a single final, that says it all. I see him winning, like everyone else. Then a game is always the same, you have to play it but I don’t think you lose that final. Ruud is a great player, but does he have the weapons to beat him? To achieve this, you need a huge service, hitting the ball very, very hard, having very short rows. He’s a great player, he’s great, but Ruud’s strengths are down to Christmas. He has good results, he is a very good player, maybe he will win …

Your next program!

I play a Challenger in Lyon and then in Mallorca on grass, Wimbledon and the clay tour in July.

Are you a happier man today?

Yes, but I was also very happy when I was young, between the ages of 9 and 15, I had a wonderful childhood. Then I had ups and downs, like any athlete.

Nadal complains about playing at night but kills everyone

The evening sessions, which appeared on the occasion of the 2021 edition of the Paris Grand Slam, will have caused a great deal of controversy this year.

For two reasons, on the one hand because the presence of women there was anecdotal with a single game in ten evenings, on the other with the programming of the famous Christmas -Dokovic, little tasted by the first … which did not. It doesn’t stop him from delivering a (victorious) Titans match against Novak Djokovic.

The topic that has caused a lot of ink to flow will not fail to appeal to the director, Amélie Mauresmo: “It is certain that the schedule of the evening’s matches may raise doubts, I also wonder to be honest. because we can only say that there are ten matches … “

For his part, Richard Gasquet is not worried. “I don’t have any criteria, I don’t know exactly who has to play day and night … I’m not in the middle and I have no decision. “I don’t know what the past contracts are, I don’t know what’s going on … Then there are always more people during the day, historically, there are the big games that are going on and there are all the young people who look at the clubs.” , analysis.

On a personal level, eliminated in the second round of the table, Biterrois did not have the opportunity to participate in one of these sessions but he has a perfectly clear question: “Playing day or night has never bothered me, for me it’s the same. I played last night here last year against “Rafa” but also in Australia, at the US Open, I don’t care at all. It’s just that he’s massacring everyone, so he’s not doing so badly.

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