in 2009, Richard was pictured with 2 smiling cheerleaders, leveling up the leg ala Moulin-Rouge. It was a few days before a living nightmare: positive control following a party in a Miami's nightclub. Frenchman collapsed in the columns of tabloid journalism. An entire season to fight back legally, and another one to fight back morally, and now, he is back.
Before playing italian Lorenzi, Gasquet is now another man, and maybe, another player. "he is 24, the 3 or 4 next years will be capital,
says Piatti. He lived through many experiences, some good some bad. But he has matured, not only as a man but as a player too".
Italian will work alone with Richard from MC until Wimbledon, but until now, it is Sebastien Grosjean the other "coach-advisor" who put him back on track.
Not really a coach, because he won't follow him during all season, not truly an advisor, becasue he is more than a distant counsel, Grosjean will bring his expertiser, his simplicity and his convictions. Feeling is good between the 2: "I feel good with Seb becasue he is relevant, says Gasquet. he is someone with a lot of experience, very smart, and respected by everybody. He is calm, realxed, and he knows the game really well. He help me get my thoughts right".
Grosjean adds: "I think everything will be focused on the communications between Ricardo and richard. My priority, is the fact that he feels good and confident, and be at 100% when he enters the court. Talent is there, the weakpoint was elsewhere.
and Grosjean to insist on his qualities, on backhand side AND forehand side...
Serene after a SF at Dubai and a QF at Indian Wells, Gasquet is positive, though some warnings: "I don't like Miami's tournament, not only becasue of bad memories, but also because i only won one match here. So i'm happy to be here with good sensations. It's time to exorcize some ghosts"
. Gasquet is mature for the second part of his career. The better?