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Rank the following French players from best to worst (and not their current form, I mean if they'd fulfill their potential):

Tsonga, Monfils, Gasquet, Simon, Llodra.

Yes, this is partly inspired by me seeing Simon go wild.
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pretty tough

simon can do just about everything from the back of the court. his strokes aren't pretty and his core pushing style ain't attracctive either but sure is effective. his wide variety of shots from the baseline is also impressive and does show talent. however, he's clueless at the net, be it in terms of volleys or when it comes to reach drop shots with his backhand (why use a two-handed BH to reach a drop-shot, Gilles?)

Tsonga is definitely a talented man. Good serve, good volleys and fairly decent aggressive groundstrokes. However, he lacks the variety that someone like Simon has from the backcourt.

Gasquet is easily one of the most talented guys out there. Problems are: bad stamina & bad concentration for the most part.

Monfils can do just about everything but there's something that doesn't click. I don't see him as so talented as many say, though. His groundstrokes are good but not impressive and he's not very capable to switch from defensive to attacking tennis with consistency when recquired. might be just a mental problem (which for sure exists) but imo he's also just not that naturally good in the first place.

Llodra -easily the better volleyer out there but his groundies are average. In a bygone era, Llodra would have been one of the top 3 frenchmen in the circuit -perhaps the best one. however, with the slower conditions, he's not meant to thrive much here.

all in all -from the most talented to the least:

1- Gasquet
2- Tsonga
3- Simon
4- Monfils
5- Llodra

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Monfils, Tsonga, Llodra, Gasquet, Simon
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By talent, you mean "Best Hand"? Gasquet is on-par with Federer (dixit Roger). nuff said.

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Start da Game the great had already decided the deal in this regard way back when people had almost forgotten simon........

1. simon

2. no need to care because the rest of them are all absolute jokes........
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french athletes sure are tough.
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Hard to fit Mika in somewhere, sublime touch and generally feel for net play, but in today's game it's use is limited for what it used to be.

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Simon Monfils Tsonga Gasquet Llodra
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Hm, talent. It's sometimes confused and mixed up with hype, but..

1) Gasquet
2) Monfils
3) Tsonga
4) Simon
5) Llodra

Hm, guess there's hype for a reason.

I used to be your everyday average Joe. Then one day some guy told me I can do whatever I set my heart on. So I tried to fly, and failed. He then told me that there are limitations in life and that I should be more modest in my aspirations. So I robbed a convenience store and got arrested. He then told me not to take everything people say literally, and to use my own initiative. So I became a Trump supporter, and am politely asking you to leave my country.

-Drunk Trump supporter at New York convenience store
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