Richard Gasquet backhand ATP Tour former number 7

Richard Gasquet signs up to Mouratoglou’s Ultimate Tennis Showdown

The man with ‘that backhand’, Richard Gasquet, will be showing his skills at the Mouratoglou Academy as he becomes the 7th player to announce his place in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown


Richard Gasquet, currently No.50 in the world but someone who has been as high as 7th, will play his first competitive tennis match since the coronavirus lockdown forced the cancellation of all tennis tour’s when he steps on court at the Mouratoglou Academy in the south of France for his first encounter as part of the new format Ultimate Tennis Showdown

Gasquet fits the mould of those enigmatic and quirky French players. During his junior career many had him pegged as a future Grand Slam champion as France strived to add another major trophy to Yannick Noah’s emotional French Open crown. Gasquet hasn’t quite made that stride but he has played his tennis during the Federer/Nadal/Djokovic/Murray era so the opportunities to win a Slam were few and far between. Gasquet’s quirkiness is highly visible at the change of ends when he meticulously re-grips his racket every time. He also has a huge bulge built into the heel of his racquet grip which helps him perform seemingly impossible shots with his beautiful one handed backhand.

According to the official website, UTSLive.TV the event will be an “international tennis showdown series organizing real competitive matches between some of the best professional players, streamed live into the homes of millions of fans from around the world.

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“The idea behind the highly entertaining tennis platform came about when renowned coach Patrick Mouratoglou and tech entrepreneur Alex Popyrin were brainstorming new ways of revolutionizing the way tennis is played, watched and appreciated. UTS organizers are viewing this challenge as a window of opportunity. Aligned with local social distancing requirements, the Mouratoglou Academy will host an invitation-only showdown series for five consecutive weekends starting on June 13 featuring real tennis matches between many household names in tennis, such as David Goffin, Fabio Fognini, Alexei Popyrin, Benoit Paire, Lucas Pouille or Dustin Brown.”

The UTS will commence from 13th June assuming France’s program to ease their lockdown continues as planned

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