- Date of Birth:
- June 18, 1986
Richard Gasquet (born June 18, 1986 in Beziers, France) is a French tennis player. Richard began playing tennis at age 4, under the guidance of his father who ran a tennis club with Richard’s mother. Richard showed a natural talent for the sport, and he was featured on the cover of French Tennis Magazine when he was just 9-years old. As a junior, Richard had a 44-7 singles record and was ranked as the World’s No.1 player in September 2002. Richard made the Grand Slam tournament debut at the 2002 French Open, when he was just 15. In 2003, Richard was the youngest player to ever finish inside the ATP top 100. Richard continued to excel at the sport, winning his first ATP title in 2005. That year, he stunned the world by defeating Roger Federer a surprise defeat in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Master Series. Richard and Roger would continue to clash over the next ten years, with Roger getting the better of Richard. While one of the most talented tennis players in the game, his only Grand Slam tournament title victory came with a mixed-doubles win at the 2004 French Open with Tatiana Golovin. As a singles player, he has reached the semifinals in the 2013 US Open and the 2007 and 2015 Wimbledon Championships.
Best Known For:
Richard Gasquet is best known as a French professional tennis star.
Richard is best known for his long winding groundstrokes and his one-handed backhand. Richard is a big rugby fan, supporting his hometown team in Beziers. He launched the Richard Gasquet Foundation, in hopes of using sport as a way to rehabilitate underprivileged children back to health.