For France, it has been a long period of no Grand Slam jinx since 1983 and Quentin Halys is hoping to be the first male player to win one, thus ending it.
The title was last won by Yannick Noah at the Roland Garros in 1983 and Halys is determined to show that he for one is not a one-trick pony.
The 20-year old, who possesses sublime shot-making skills, is the latest in a long list of the next big things for French tennis.
On a two-day course in the ATP University in London, where young players were introduced formally to the challenges present on the main Tour, Halys had been asked if France’s Slam jinx weighs heavily on his shoulder.
The Parisian had replied saying,
“I feel no pressure because it’s very tough.
“There are so many players like Tomas Berdych or David Ferrer who have never won a slam. It’s not just because you’re French you can’t do it.” Read more »
This year has been challenging for Richard Gasquet.
It showed him having reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, a feat that he had not reached before. As he played to get to the last four positions he has been able to upset many major rank holders that included names like Nick Kyrgios, Grigor Dimitrov as well as Stan Wawrinka who has been a champion in the French Open. He even faced Novak Djokovic. The game ended in straight sets. It was the best run that he has had since the year 2007. That year he also managed to reach the semis. It definitely takes a lot to keep up the competitive edge and he has been able to do so nearly over a decade. Read more »
Andy Murray made it to the Round of 4 in BNP Paribas Open by getting the better of the local boy Richard Gasquet in a hard fought contest earlier today.
Murray was far from being in his best form in the first couple of sets, but, he cranked it up in the decider and eventually, managed to topple Gasquet to move to the semis of yet another major.
Talking to one of the broadcasters later on, Murray said, “It’s not that easy to compete when your opponent has got all the support of the crowd. But, I guess I will find myself in similar sort of environment in a few days’ time in Davis Cup final. So, from that point of view, you can say I might have had a good preparation playing Richard over here. He is a fantastic player.”
Murray was in pain coming into the second set. He was limping a little bit and was looking frustrated too with every mistake he was committing. He ended up losing control as Gasquet bounced back in the match by winning the set 6-3.
But, luckily in the third set, the Scot found two early breakthroughs which sealed it in his favour totally.
It was the 7th time that Gasquet, who was given the 10th seed in the tournament, lost against Murray on the tour.
Murray will now take on David Ferrer of Spain in his next match. Read more »
Richard Gasquet has once again come out and publicly denied the fact that he is not homosexual.
Some time back, there had been rumours of Gasquet being homosexual.
He was snapped in an intimate position with one of his trainers and that had led to people making perceptions about him.
The Frenchman had denied these things at that time as well and again, last week, when he was asked the same question, he irritatingly emphasised the fact that he was totally normal gender-wise and is far away from homosexuality.
Speaking in that interview, Gasquet said, “Homosexuality is not something that I’m associated with. A lot of things have been rumoured and I don’t pay too much attention to it.”
Gasquet had been identified as a great talent as a young player along with Rafael Nadal and it was being said that these two guys would go on to dominate the World tennis for a long time.
While, Nadal has indeed been able to do that, Gasquet does not quite have the same sort of glory filled career so far. Read more »