2013 US Open gear check: Richard Gasquet

Richard Gasquet always seems on the brink of greatness. He held on for a marathon win against the big serving Canadian, Milos Raonic. And then the Frenchman survived another five-setter against David Ferrer.

Richard Gasquet in action at the US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Richard Gasquet in action at the US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

His apparel: French clothier Lacoste fittingly outfits Gasquet. Lacoste’s fashions are always classic and clean in their design, and this year is no different. Gasquet has showcased several different polos, but here we are showing him in the navy version of the Fall Diagonal Stripe Polo. Though that polo is only available in a maroon color, the Fall Colorblock Polo in Navy/Royal/White is a very similar look. These are performance poly shirts, but like most Lacoste sport polos, they look great off court, too. Gasquet pairs the tops with a simple white Diamante Short. Unlike his peers, Gasquet chooses a single Lacoste wristband (one-handed backhand only requires one wristband!). For his shoes, Gasquet turns to Asics. He wears a special model made just for him, but if you’re looking for a top-notch hard court shoe from Asics, the Gel Resolution 5 is a favorite with other touring pros as well as our playtesting squad.

His equipment: At one time, Gasquet played with a Head Instinct model, but he has since moved on and plays with the YOUTEK IG Extreme Pro 2.0. It’s a hard one to miss with its neon color pops. The Extreme Pro 2.0 can just about do it all, making it suitable for those who play aggressively from the baseline and the net. To tame some of the power of the racquet, he strings it up with Luxilon Big Banger Original. Gasquet changes it up with a Head leather grip as a base for his overgrip. He wraps it with the original Tourna Grip, which is ideal for those hot, humid conditions. Even if you didn’t know he had a one-handed backhand (it’s quite the thing of beauty), you could probably guess it since he only wraps the Tourna Grip halfway up the handle!

It’s getting down to the nitty gritty in New York. Let’s keep watching!

Tiffani, TW

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