ATP – Auckland > Gasquet (French number 1 after his coronation): “It’s not possible to leave a country like France at this level. In my time, the 42nd in the world was 6th or 7th in France…”

Thanks to his victory against 12e world player Cameron Norrie in Auckland, synonymous with 16e career title, Richard Gasquet regains the position of French number 1, at 36 and a half, 17 years after occupying this position for the first time. The Biterrois seems more worried than proud about it.

It is not possible to leave a country like France at this level. In my time, the 42e world was 6 or 7e French… It’s unimaginable that the French n°1 is 42 in the world! It seems to me… (he searches for the word) crazy, I can’t say it any other way. Let’s wait for the rest, there are young people who are on the rise, we have to be positive, hope that they rise as quickly as possible among the best in the world.”alerted Ritchie in remarks reported by The Team after its success.

Note that he will face his compatriot Ugo Humbert at 1er round of the Australian Open before potentially reuniting with Nick Kyrgios.

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