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Richard Gasquet returns a ball in Monte Carlo
Richard has been playing tennis since he was three
BBC Sport Academy profile Richard Gasquet, the newest - and youngest - star to hit men's tennis.

Imagine it.

You're 15, still at school and playing in your first profesisional tennis tournament against a player ranked in the top 50 in the world, 11 years older than you.

And you beat him!

That's what happened to French wonderkid Richard Gasquet.

He was making his professional debut, in the the famous Monte Carlo Masters, in April when he beat 26-year-old Argentine Franco Squillari.
Richard Gasquet off the court
Richard still has to go to school

And it didn't stop there.

He then played world number four Marat Safin in the next round.

Although the Russian knocked Richard out in straight sets, his astonishing arrival made headlines around the world.

So where did he come from?

Richard had been shining on the junior circuit in France for some time, winning tournaments home and abroad.




Introduction
Who is he?

More future stars:
Rafael Nadal
Alex Bogdanovic


Richard Gasquet factfile
Born: 18 June, 1986
Place of birth: Serignan, France
Hobbies: Sports
Titles in 2002: Bournemouth Futures tournament, French Open boy's champion
Other achievements in 2002: Semi final of Australian Open boy's tournament

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I expected players in the top 100 to hit the ball harder and to serve faster
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Richard Gasquet
After beating Franco Squillari



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