Richard Gasquet reached a career high of World Number 7 in July, 2007 after making it to the semi-finals of Wimbledon 2007. Later that year, Gasquet qualified for the 2007 Tennis Masters Cup.
He is currently the World No. 21, however it was reported on 9 May 2009 that he failed a drugs test at the Miami Masters in March, with 1.46 micrograms of cocaine discovered in his A-sample. Since his B-sample was also positive, he is facing a ban for up to two years.
Gasquet is noted for his powerful and precise single-handed backhand, his flair and shot-making ability and is also known for his speed around the court. He is an all-court player. Gasquet's single-handed backhand features a high take back, utilising gravity, coils up (very low to the ground), and slowly unwinds, unleashing one of the best backhands on the ATP tour. However, his forehand can be considered a weaker shot. He is capable of hitting big winners with his forehand, but in general, his rally forehand lacks consistent depth.
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