Gasquet starts 2019 on the shelf

Richard Gasquet couldn’t even try to help Team France defend the “final” Davis Cup last month.

So you know he wasn’t in good shape.

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And the groin-area injury that has bothered the 32-year-old since the Paris Indoors already has him out of the Doha tournament, which begins in less than a week.

L’Équipe reports that the No. 1-ranked Frenchmen hasn’t even picked up a racket this off-season. And he’s officially out of the Australian Open, too.

Gasquet was beaten in the third round in Melbourne this year, and reached the final in Montpellier in early February.

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