Google Down the Line!: THE LOW DOWN: Gasquet gets public thumping after Davis Cup debacle

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

THE LOW DOWN: Gasquet gets public thumping after Davis Cup debacle

Richard Gasquet is getting on his country's bad side - and that's never a good thing for any baller nevermind a French one.

During last weekend's Davis Cup tie versus the US, Richard refused to play Andy Roddick in the fourth rubber because of some injuries and a shaky head.

After the tie, Davis Cup captain Guy Forget said about the situation,

I had to try and work out whether Richard was fit mentally and physically to play. He had suffered from just about everything before the tie — a blister, a bad knee, a bad thigh — and all that got into his head as well. I had to see how he felt. I had the other option of Arnaud Clement but his form for the last month (in singles) has been so poor that I did not feel I could go that route. Then I heard from some French journalists that Richard had said he was only prepared to play the fifth match. When I spoke to him he told me that was true. He said he thought he had no chance again[st] Roddick. So [Paul-Henri] Mathieu was my choice.
And now French tennis federation president Christian Bimes has publicly slammed Richard saying,

I’m disappointed about what happened this weekend in Winston-Salem. We’re considered as a nation capable of winning the Davis Cup and I see that for the past three years we have struggled to rely on our best players and they’re not always determined to win, which was our problem this weekend. You have to make the players understand that they need to fight, to make sacrifices, even if they are undermined by an injury. Guy Forget did what he could but next time, we’ll have to thump the table to make ourselves clear.

"Thump the table" - never heard that saying but it doesn't sound good for Richard. And, I'll be interested to see how the notoriously fickle French fans will receive their No. 1 at Roland Garros this year.

(image via Getty)


  1. Gasquet was an disgrace to his teammates who were fighting hard to win, and a disgrace to France who already has a soiled reputation for being weak and yellow.

  2. oh please! i totally and completely disagree, first of all because there was no shame in what he did, its his life and if he didnt want to finish the match because he thought he might loose or whatever the case than he should be able to, the public shouldnt beable to critize and Judge so harshly about a sport they obviously care too much about. And, the since when are the french thought of weak and yellow? france has the highest amount of prof. players seeded than any other country so obviously NOT, its only a GAME, so one of the best players in the world decided not to finish ONE match of his HUNDREDS, who cares! he's still an amazing player! id like to see YOU play Andy Rddick and then we can talk some more,
    a thank.. a you...


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