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French Open Men's Draw

The men's draw for the 2002 French Open, which begins Monday:
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Johansson gets first Monte Carlo win

MONTE CARLO, Monaco, April 15 (UPI) -- Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson won his first match in Monte Carlo and third-seeded Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov was upset as the $2.6 million Tennis Ma
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Richard Gasquet
Richard Gasquet hits a forehand to Roger Federer in the Rogers Cup singles final at the Rexall Center in Toronto, Canada on August 13, 2006. The 20 year old Gasquet lost to Federer, the tournament top seed and world number one, 6-2, 3-6, 2-6 in front of a sold-out crowd on Center Court. (UPI Photo/Christine Chew)
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Richard Gasquet (French pronunciation: ) (born 18 June 1986) is a French professional tennis player. He won the mixed doubles Grand Slam title at the 2004 French Open, partnering Tatiana Golovin. His highest ranking in singles is #7. His best achievements in tennis are reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2007 and later that year qualifying for the Tennis Masters Cup. Gasquet is best known for his long winding groundstrokes and his one-handed backhand.

Richard Gasquet was born in Béziers in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. He is the only child in the family. He began playing tennis at the age of 4 under the guidance of his father, Francis, who ran a tennis club, the TC Sérignan, along with his mother Maryse. He appeared on the cover of French Tennis Magazine aged only 9, and was touted as an extremely promising prospect even at such an early age. He was coached by his father during his junior career, and by Tarik Benhabiles for a short period. Since turning professional he has been coached by Eric Deblicker and Guillame Peyre. In February 2010, he hired coach Gabriel Markus, who has worked with Marat Safin and David Nalbandian in the past.

He made his debut on the ATP tour in April 2002, at the Tennis Masters Series tournament at Monte Carlo where he received a wildcard into qualifying and became the youngest player ever to qualify for a Tennis Masters event. At the age of 15 years, 10 months, he defeated Argentina's Franco Squillari in the first round of that tournament to become the youngest player to win a tour-level main draw match since Tommy Ho at Rye Brook in 1988.

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