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07-28-2002 04:10 AM
warfreakbix Rebecca, just saw your picture and may I ask you a question? I hope you will not be offended but can you do that trick clockwise or counter clockwise? LOL!
07-27-2002 06:54 PM
Dissident You´re cute Becca, that smile is just a killer!
07-27-2002 05:49 PM
Chloe le Bopper I was wondering when someone would notice

Thats my pic
07-27-2002 05:43 PM
Tryphon For those not familiar with inches the junior rankings have him listed at 1m78 so already taller than Grosjean... and still growing.

He has reached to final in Tampere, will be tested by Nieminen.

By the way Becca shouldn't you signature be like that:
or is that a deliberate choice to avoid scaring us?
07-27-2002 05:01 PM
Chloe le Bopper Correction - he's the same size as Hewitt but those figures.
07-27-2002 05:00 PM
Chloe le Bopper The ATP has him listed as 5'11 and 180 pounds.

So he's more massive than Hewitt, byt those figures.
07-27-2002 04:33 PM
warfreakbix How tall is he? And physically can he compete with the big hitters on tour now or in a couple of years?
07-27-2002 01:30 PM
Andromeda I saw him beat Franco Squillari, it was either at Hamburg, Rome, or Monte Carlo. He has a backhand like Guga's and some good power. I'm impressed with him.
07-27-2002 12:45 PM
Athena I did see him and he was pretty good !!!
07-27-2002 12:00 PM
Tryphon I saw him play, both in person and on TV.

One of the interesting things about him is that he already has a complete game, not just one serve and one big forehand as many of the youngsters who then have to try master other tools.
He can come to the net, lob, dropshot...
He has natural timing hence the quickness of his backhand and forehand, doesn't look like he is rushing or overhitting.

His game doesn't seem to be a typical clay court game so he should be able to do well on hard courts and indoors. I'm not so sure for grass as his forehand and backhand preparation are somewhat big although he probably has the talent to learn and adjust.

His tactics are also as good as possible for somewhat that young.
Also physically he looks like he is going to be a great athlete.

So his future seems as bright as his past already is but then with teenage boys you never know, some have disappeared along the way, burning out, getting big-headed, or simply reaching their peak early and then being run over by other players maturing more slowly.

I hope he doesn't rush his career too much although his progress is great to follow. Congrats for the ranking!

Good luck Richard!
07-27-2002 05:18 AM
Chloe le Bopper But one would have thought the same about Hewitt too, who at 15 was the youngest qualie of a grand slam ever...
07-27-2002 02:40 AM
Dissident Ive seen him play Safin. He is good. Has the weapons for a clay court menace-in-the-making. I dont know about his fitting to other courts, because its clear his game is not ready yet. He has many things to learn yet, and it wont be good to rush things. Each thing at its proper time. He should be great to the boom when he reaches his 18 I guess.

It will be hard for him to be that patient though.
07-27-2002 01:56 AM
Chloe le Bopper I think that he turned 16 just recently actually, but same difference
07-27-2002 01:55 AM
TennisHack Check that, he's 16.

My they grow up fast
07-27-2002 01:55 AM
TennisHack Richard Gasquet has many good things going for him. There is no reason he shouldn't meet Jarkko in the finals, though I think (and want) Jarkko to/will defend his challenger title and gain the confidence he'll need in the main draw at TMS Toronto.

We have to remember that Richard is only 15, so it might be a few years before he comes full force on the main tour. He is an excellent clay court player, taking a set from Albert Costa at the French (and then winning the boys singles title--how's that for irony?), but I'm not sure about other surfaces.

Right now, all of Richard's accompishments are gravy. In the coming years, as he plays opponents as good and better than him, then we'll see what he's truly made of.
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