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Roland Garros 2024: Richard Gasquet Optimistic On Roland Garros Return

Richard Gasquet is remaining optimistic about a return to Roland Garros next year.

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Richard Gasquet hasn’t ruled out a return to Roland Garros next year as his career draws closer to its finale.

The 37 year-old has had an epic 20 year career which continues to grow with Gasquet winning a match at Roland Garros this year, defeating Borna Coric.

However Gasquet’s Roland Garros campaign did end on Wednesday night as he lost in straight sets to Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner.

Speaking to French journalists after the match Gasquet commented on the match and admitted the match brought good emotions out of him, “It was a great emotion. There were a lot of people,” Gasquet stated in his post-match press conference.

“It’s great playing in the evening. There were a lot of people. And it’s the first time that I have been on the court in the evening. It’s very pleasant to play there. But the game was very fast on both sides. The balls were quite heavy in the evening. It’s less easy than in the day to spin the ball. It’s quite complicated. I didn’t serve very well, but of course he was better.”

This year’s Roland Garros was a landmark event for Gasquet as he won his first match at a Grand Slam since the US Open in 2022.

Gasquet spoke about how good it was to win a match at Grand Slam level and playing a player of Sinner’s quality but acknowledged he would like to do better against the best players in the world, “I haven’t won a Grand Slam match in quite a long time, and in Australia, too, so it’s good to be able to win this match and to play on the central court, on Chatrier,” the Frenchman stated.

“He is No. 2 in the world, so it is great. I hope that I can carry on playing a little bit longer at this level. But it’s true that, yeah, there are quite a few good things in this Roland Garros, but you always want to take a set, have a better service, do better from time to time, but generally speaking, he’s just a better player.”

Now Gasquet looks to the future as he has already proven once in his career that he can grind on the Challenger tour and increase his ranking.

The Frenchman is currently at 124 in the world and looks to boost his ranking over the next year.

When asked if Gasquet will be returning to Roland Garros, the Frenchman said that he’s taking it one match at a time and he does not know if he is approaching the end of his career, “I have no answer to that really. It’s month by month. It’s very hard to say or to know when you have to stop, so I don’t really know,” Gasquet stated.

“I’m just going to try and see, to try and climb up the ranking, in the first 100 at least, and I don’t know if it will be this year or next year. I have no idea. But of course more time goes by, and the closer it gets. But, you know, I can’t answer. It’s good to win a match here. It’s good for what’s to come next.

“But then you don’t know how you’re going to play, whether you might be injured. Everything is possible. So I’m going to try to carry on playing, though.

“Well, I try and push myself and push the boundaries. Quite a lot of physical training, as well, and try to be consistent and be very serious above everything on the outside. Yes, I’ve held out so far and I’m going to carry on in the same way and we’ll see how far it takes me.

“It’s fabulous to be playing on these two courts, Suzanne Lenglen and the central court. With the audience there it’s fabulous, so we’re going to try and continue. You don’t know what comes next, whether it’s in Bercy or next year here or before. It’s very difficult to know myself.

“When you lose two or three matches you say that you’re going to be stopping one week later and then you win a match, and, well, you want to continue a little bit. Then if I lose three times on grass, you never know. No, but I feel good. I feel good. But I’m not 25 years old anymore. But I don’t feel that bad.”

Gasquet will now head to the grass court season and will aim to improve his ranking by the time he return to Paris at the end of the year for the Masters 1000 event.

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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid

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Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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Motivation, Pressure And Expectations – Novak Djokovic Targets History At Wimbledon

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Novak Djokovic has broken numerous records throughout his career but he still feels the pressure of trying to make history in the sport. 

The world No.2 is through to his 10th Wimbledon final where he will play Carlos Alcaraz, who beat him at this stage of the tournament 12 months ago. There is plenty on the line for the Serbian who could equal Roger Federer’s record for most men’s titles won at SW19 and break the overall record for most major singles won in the sport if he triumphs over the Spaniard. Djokovic currently has 24 Grand Slam trophies to his name which is the same as Margaret Court, who won some of her titles before the Open Era started. 

“Obviously I’m aware that Roger [Federer] holds eight Wimbledons. I hold seven. History is on the line.” Djokovic said on Friday after beating Lorenzo Musetti.

“Also, the 25th potential Grand Slam. Of course, it serves as a great motivation, but at the same time it’s also a lot of pressure and expectations.”

Coming into Wimbledon, there had been doubts over Djokovic’s form after he underwent surgery to treat a knee injury he suffered at the French Open. However, he has defied the odds to reach the final. His run has also seen him beat Alexi Popyrin and Holger Rune before getting a walkover in the quarter-finals from Alex de Minaur, who sustained an injury during the tournament. Then on Friday, he overcame a spirited Musetti in three sets. 

Despite the challenge, Djokovic has insisted that his expectations to do well are always high no matter what the situation is. During what has been a roller-coaster first six months of the season, he is yet to win a title this year or beat a player currently ranked in the top 10. Although he will achieve both of these if her beats Alcaraz on Sunday. 

“Every time I step out on the court now, even though I’m 37 and competing with the 21-year-olds, I still expect myself to win most of the matches, and people expect me to win, whatever, 99% of the matches that I play.” He said.

“I always have to come out on the court and perform my best in order to still be at the level with Carlos [Alcaraz] or Jannik [Sinner] or Sascha [Zverev] or any of those guys, Daniil [Medvedev]. 

“This year hasn’t been that successful for me. It’s probably the weakest results the first six months I’ve had in many years. That’s okay. I had to adapt and accept that and really try to find also way out from the injury that I had and kind of regroup.”

Djokovic hopes that a Wimbledon win will help turn his season around like it has done in the past for him. 

“Wimbledon historically there’s been seasons where I wasn’t maybe playing at a desired level, but then I would win a Wimbledon title and then things would change.” He commented.

“For example, that was the case in 2018 when I had elbow surgery earlier in the year, dropped my rankings out of top 20, losing in fourth round of Australian Open, I think it was quarters of Roland-Garros, and just not playing the tennis that I want to play. Then I won Wimbledon and then won US Open and then later on became No.1 very soon.”

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Alcaraz is hoping to stop Djokovic in his tracks. Should he defend his title at Wimbledon, he would become the first player outside the Big Three to do so since Pete Sampras more than 20 years ago. He has won their only previous meeting on the grass but trails their head-to-head 3-2. 

“I’m sure he knows what he has to do to beat me,” said Alcaraz.

“But I’m ready to take that challenge and I’m ready to do it well.”

When the two players take to the court to play in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic will be 15 years and 348 days older than Alcaraz. Making it the largest age gap in a men’s Grand Slam final since the 1974 US Open. Whoever is victorious will receive £2,700,000 in prize money. 

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Carlos Alcaraz And Novak Djokovic Wouldn’t Yield To Medvedev And Musetti At Wimbledon

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Carlos Alcaraz seemed to be on his own against a vastly improved Daniil Medvedev. The defending Wimbledon champion appeared to be out of tricks.

And Medvedev sensed it.

Alcaraz still scored a 6-7 (1), 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Medvedev. It may look rather easy on paper, but there was nothing easy about Alcaraz’s victory. The young Spaniard just came through when he needed it to advance to what he hopes will lead to his fourth Grand Slam title.

MEDVEDEV APPLIED ENDLESS PRESSURE

Medvedev was always there, ready to pounce on any mistake by Alcaraz. But mistakes didn’t happen that often after Medvedev took the first set in a tie-breaker.

Alcaraz hadn’t served that well in the first set that Medvedev had taken in a tiebreaker. But it was a different story once Alcaraz found the mark on his serves. He just kept holding service until the match was his.

Remember, he’s only 21 years old. But now he faces someone in this Wimbledon final almost twice as old in 37-year-old Novak Djokovic.

NOVAK DIDN’T LET INJURED KNEE STOP HIM

Early in the match, Djokovic looked like he might have problems against Lorenzo Musetti. He appeared to have a slight limp in the right knee that was covered by a band. Of course, it’s been less than six months since Novak underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in that knee.

Djokovic didn’t always chase after balls in situations where his service game wasn’t in jeopardy. He just hit winners when the opportunities came along, and his serve was always ready to win a point, a game or the match.

MUSETTI WASN’T THE SAME

Young 25th seed Musetti had been so strong and talented in his quarterfinal upset of Taylor Fritz. The 22-year-old Italian had looked like he might be a threat to the likes of Djokovic and Alcaraz in the last two rounds in London.

Musetti appeared to be able to run down everything against the speedy Fritz, until Fritz seemed to grow tired in a fifth set that Musetti won easily.

The Italian wasn’t the same against Djokovic.

Djokovic was just too good and too consistent to allow Musetti to stop his bid for another title.

NOVAK THE VIOLINIST

The setting was completely different this time with Djokovic looking questionable at the start. But Musetti could hardly push Djokovic, and ended up losing by a 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-4. Once Novak charged through the second set tiebreaker, dropping only two points, Musetti couldn’t get back into the match.

And then Novak came out pretending to play a violin on his racket for his precious 6-year-old daughter Tara, whom Novak said has been learning to play the violin for about six months.

Some fans apparently didn’t like this, but then there probably were others who became Novak Djokovic fans. Novak obviously is a great guy and dad these days.

After all, Novak has just played his 97th Wimbledon match, and he’s hoping in his 37th Grand Slam final to tie Roger Federer’s record of eight Wimbledon titles.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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