A volatile match-up between two fairly inactive competitors is scheduled to take place on the opening round of the French Open, as France’s Richard Gasquet and Australia’s Bernard Tomic meet for a fifth time on the professional tour. Gasquet leads the head-to-head series 3-1.
Gasquet is 13-7 this season and has been sidelined since losing to 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the fourth round of the Sony Open. He is currently ranked at No. 11 (10 points behind No. 10 John Isner) and drop singificantly in the rankings if he is to miss the bulk of the clay court portion of the season.
The Frenchman had originally withdrawn from the Davis Cup to recuperate in time for Monte Carlo, which was not the case, as he was unable to lift his racquet ahead of the event. Now several weeks removed from that withdrawal, Gasquet is still yet to regain fully mobility and has been forced to reconsider taking part in the Madrid and Rome Masters events.
Australia’s Bernard Tomic has played only one tournament main draw since his first round withdrawal against Nadal at the Australian Open, as the youngster underwent double hip surgery shortly afterwards. He would later attempt to make an embarrassing comeback in Miami, where he lost in a record 26-minute. Since his absence, he has dropped to no. 81 in the rankings, behind Lleyton Hewitt, Matt Ebden and Marinko Matosevic. He did not even manage to enter the main draw in Madrid, as he lost in the qualifying round.
This marks the ffith time these two competitors will meet on the professional circuit. Three of those meetings took place in 2013, where Tomic won a key meeting at the Wimbledon Championships. This marks the first time they will cross paths on clay, which is a surface that Gasquet prefers.
It is hard to predict the outcome of this match-up considering the injuries/surgeries that each competitor is recovering from. Gasquet has not taken part in a match since Miami, while Tomic has not won a match since January.
Prediction: Richard Gasquet in Straight Sets