Richard Gasquet will fall outside the top 100 for the first time since 2005

Frenchman Richard Gasquet no longer holds the record for time spent in the top 100. At least not for long. After his defeat against his young compatriot Arthur Fils (35to In the first round of the ATP 250 in Auckland on Tuesday (January 9) (3-6, 4-6), Biterrois will not be officially among the top hundred players in the world on Monday (January 15). ATP rankings. At best it will be 131to.

Currently ranked 76thto In the world rankings, the 37-year-old had to win the tournament held in Auckland (New Zealand). As it did in 2023, He aims to collect 250 points and not leave the top 100, which he entered in 2005 at the age of 19.

As a symbol, it is Arthur Fils, the French tennis prodigy who was destined for a great career, who took Gasquet beyond the top hundred places in the world for the first time in more than 18 years.

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“He’s a great champion, he’s had an incredible career, so I’m really happy to be able to play with him. But I had a good match and I’m really happy.”He greeted the 19-year-old player, who applauded his elder as he left the field, after the victory.

I can still “perform”

With 956 weeks of existence, “Richie” has become the tennis player who has spent the most time in this ranking, especially those still in training, eleven weeks ahead of Serbian Novak Djokovic. Swiss Roger Federer’s 1,165th. Although the week is still far away, Biterrois will have left his mark on French tennis.

If he gets good results this season, especially at the Australian Open, which starts on Sunday, January 14, Heraultais could quickly return to the top 100. “I hope the elbow leaves me alone. If that’s the case, I’m sure I can have a great season.explained Set In December. I never feel overwhelmed when I play with young people. “I believe I can play big matches in 2024.”

Again, just like Spanish Rafael Nadal With only fifteen days difference between them, Richard Gasquet no longer hides that the end of his career is approaching. He said in February 2022: World “feel the end coming” And “Ideally stopping in Montpellier because (HE) To come(T) from there or Roland-Garros », without specifying the relevant season. He can still “perform” against high-ranked players, and he still has prestigious victories to achieve until then.

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