Gasquet links up with Bruguera

Richard Gasquet has hired two-time French Open champion Sergi Bruguera as his new coach, with the Spaniard replacing Riccardo Piatti as the world number nine’s main coach. Bruguera will work alongside Sebastien Grosjean as part of Gasquet’s coaching set-up, reportedly starting his new role from February.

Under Piatti and Grosjean this year, Gasquet enjoyed his most successful season for some years, surprising the Betfair odds and reaching the US Open semi-finals, collecting three titles and claiming a World Tour finals spot for the first time since 2007. Now, the Frenchman will be hoping his new coach is able to build on his promising season and continue his climb up the rankings.

Bruguera, who triumphed at Roland Garros in 1993 and 1994, has reportedly been hired primarily for the clay court season, bringing a wealth of experience with him to the role following his successful playing career. The former world number three won 13 of his 14 professional titles on clay and will be looking to help Gasquet finally succeed in the French Open. The best tennis betting sites already favor the duo in their odds offered.

Before Gasquet can start thinking about Roland Garros, however, the 27-year old will be looking to get 2014 off to a strong start by performing well in the Australian Open. The first grand slam of the year hasn’t been the happiest of hunting grounds for Gasquet in the past but the Frenchman will head to Melbourne on the back of an extremely promising 2013 and could be worth a punt with Betfair.

While the Betfair odds don’t support the theory Gasquet will have any real chance of victory in Melbourne next month, that’s not to say the world number nine won’t be worth backing with Betfair to reach at least the quarter-finals stage. The Frenchman showed last season that he is back to something like his best and 2014 could be the year in which Gasquet shows that to be true.

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