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"The French way is to play beautiful strokes, with style and to hit the ball early"

So said Gasquet.

I have to agree with him. Most French tennis players are reknown for their elegance in their game and the innate talent they have.
By contrast to their neighboors, most Spanish players are more known for their grinding, their emphasis on defense and their physical effort. Even though the Spanish style isn't always pretty, it does seem to be more effective in slower conditions -something that's a lot more prevalent nowadays- and thus brings more success overall.
South america in general is a bit of a basket case. Even though clay is the surface where the game is played on, there doesn't seem to be a clear trend in the players that are produced.

In any case, I think it's safe to say a lot of countries have a distinctive tennis school or at least a way of understanding tennis -and that can be seen reflected in the players from their respective nations. Even the national fans seem to reflect that as well. I think this has a lot of do on why a Swiss player like Federer who plays beautiful tennis is so well liked in France, for example.

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Re: "The French way is to play beautiful strokes, with style and to hit the ball earl

Simon didn't get the memo.
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Hit the ball early? Gasquet, Monfils, Simon all stand far behind the baseline...
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I think we can generalize that to swiss and italian players too. Big talent reservoirs although unfortunately only one of them has made a clear breakthrough^^
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that's why they've played well on grass with Tauziat making the finals;Grosjean making semis and until Mauresmo who made 3 semifinals and won in 2006 but it stops with Bartoli;Gasquet;Llodra and to some extent Tsonga but the rest of THIS bunch from Mathieu;Simon and Monfils are are crap on grass

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Simon didn't get the memo.
Nor did Monfils
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As pretty as they play, it is worthless because they don't have a winning mentality

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Hit the ball early? Gasquet, Monfils, Simon all stand far behind the baseline...
Yeah, my thought was "How can Gasquet possibly hit the ball early from three miles behind the baseline?"
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Gasquet plays far behind the baseline on clay and on slow hardcourt but on grass and indoor for example,he more often than not takes the ball early and plays much closer to the baseline.
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Gasquet plays far behind the baseline on clay and on slow hardcourt but on grass and indoor for example,he more often than not takes the ball early and plays much closer to the baseline.
I haven't gotten to watch much of him at Wimbledon this year, but I was finding how far back he was playing in the moments I saw extremely frustrating.
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Gasquet plays far behind the baseline on clay and on slow hardcourt but on grass and indoor for example,he more often than not takes the ball early and plays much closer to the baseline.
Somewhat true, though even on grass he has had matches where he is far behind the baseline. Like that match against Roddick in 2007(?), he was hitting backhand winners from about 10 feet back.
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Gasquet stands 4 metres behind the baseline. Is that how we define 'taking the ball early'?
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Mathieu is crap everywhere not just grass

A lot of the current French guys play like shit 90% of the time, then when French events come up, they are suddenly motivated to do well (see Monfils with Roland Garros and Paris-Bercy, even French player at every 250 event in France, etc) Shame half of them don't translate that to the other courts.

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french guys seems to think they are gods gift to tennis.

id rather have multiple slam champions like spain than have french flair but always lose.
how long has it been since a frenchman won a slam?
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