Gasquet confirms Thai Open appearance
Published on September 17, 2005
[TENNIS] French teenager Richard Gasquet is the latest star player to be added to the field for the US$550,000 Thailand Open ATP tournament beginning next Saturday at the Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani. The 19-year-old giant-killer is one of only three people, including Marat Safin and Raphael Nadal, to have defeated world No 1 Roger Federer this year.
Gasquet turned professional in 2002 and has jumped to number 12 in the world rankings after a string of great performances this year. He claimed his maiden title on grass in England’s Nottingham tournament in June.
Thai tennis fans might be lucky to see a rematch between the French teenager and Federer who is returning to the Kingdom to defend his crown. Other big names appearing in the tournament are Australian Lleyton Hewitt, Briton Tim Henman, Tommy Haas of Germany and US Open semi-finalist Robby Ginepri of the United States.
Chaiyapak Siriwat, chairman of the Thailand Open Organising Committee, said world number 12 Gasquet was one of the hottest young players in the world