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Hugo Gaston

Hugo Gaston
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Country (sports) France
ResidenceFonsorbes, France
Born (2000-09-26) 26 September 2000 (age 21)
Toulouse, France
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro2018
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachMarc Barbier
Prize moneyUS$1,033,726
Singles
Career record22-28 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 58 (11 July 2022)
Current rankingNo. 75 (25 July 2022)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open1R (2020, 2022)
French Open4R (2020)
Wimbledon2R (2022)
US OpenQ2 (2021)
Doubles
Career record2-8 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 227 (21 February 2022)
Current rankingNo. 227 (21 February 2022)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (2022)
French Open2R (2021)
Wimbledon1R (2022)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
French Open2R (2022)
Last updated on: 7 February 2022.

Hugo Gaston (French pronunciation: ​[y?o ?ast]; born 26 September 2000) is a French tennis player. His career high ATP ranking in singles is world No. 58, which he achieved on 11 July 2022, and in doubles is world No. 227, which he achieved on 21 February 2022.[1] He won the 2018 Australian Open - Boys' doubles title with compatriot Clément Tabur.

Junior career

In December 2017, Gaston won the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship.[2]

In 2018, Gaston won the Boys' Doubles at the Australian Open with fellow countryman Clément Tabur.[3] The same year, he was named flag bearer for France at the Youth Summer Olympics in Buenos Aires. There, Gaston captured his first singles major title as well as two bronze medals, with Clément Tabur in the boys' doubles and with Clara Burel in the mixed doubles.[4] He achieved a junior career-high ranking of No.2 the next week. Gaston also qualified for the ITF Junior Masters, where he reached the semifinals, losing to Tseng Chun-hsin.

Professional career

2018: ATP debut

In February, Gaston received a wildcard into the main draw of the 2018 Open 13 but lost in the first round to world no. 129 Stefano Travaglia 2-6, 2-6.[5]

Gaston received a wildcard into the 2018 French Open qualifying but lost in the first round to 24th Seed Jürgen Zopp 7-5, 4-6, 2-6.[6]

2019: Steady progress on the Challenger Tour

Gaston at the 2019 French Open

Gaston started 2019 with no ranking points to his name and $44,264 in prize money.[7] He played in his first Challenger of the year in Rennes, but lost in the first round to world no. 164 Alexander Bublik 5-7, 6-3, 3-6.[8] His next challenger was in Quimper where he lost in the first round to world no. 185 Daniel Brands 2-6, 6-7(7-3).[8]

In April, Gaston won his first Futures tournament in Pula, Italy, defeating David Pichler in the final 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.[8] This win brought hime to a new career high of number 661T in the world.[7] He continued his good form into May by winning his first Challenger match in Aix-en-Provence against world no. 553 Dan Added 6-1, 7-6(7-3). He lost in the next round to world no. 148 Antoine Hoang 2-6, 1-6.[9]

In 2019, He was again given a wildcard into French Open qualifying draw. In the first round he met the 25th seed and world no. 139, Marco Trungelliti. He beat Trungelliti 6-4, 6-1 to mark his first win against a top 200 player. He lost to world no. 212 Alexey Vatutin in the next round 1-6, 3-6.[6]

His next tournament was in Lyon and buoyed by his French Open results, he reached the third round, beating Bernabé Zapata Miralles 6-1, 6-3 and world no.199 Tallon Griekspoor 2-6, 6-4 ret. His run was ended by the top seed and former world no.17[10] Albert Ramos Viñolas 2-6, 1-6.[11]

Over the next four months, Gaston reached four ITF Futures finals, winning one in Houston.[12] He also competed in Cassis but lost in the first round to world no. 291 Marc-Andrea Hüsler 6-4, 6-7(5-7), 3-6. These combined results brought inside the world's top 400 at number 379 in the world.[7]

His next tournament was in Tiburon where he equalled his best challenger result by reaching the third round, beating Evan Song and Daniel Galan before losing to eventual champion and world no. 87 Tommy Paul 6-7(8-10), 1-6.[13] He continued his good run of form, winning Futures in Norman and Rodez defeating Michael Geerts and Benjamin Bonzi in the finals respectively.[8]

He played his last challenger of the year in Brest where he beat Constant Lestienne 7-6(7-3), 6-2 before losing to world no.106 Lloyd Harris 6-7(3-7), 5-7.[14] Due to his impressive form and promise, he was given a wildcard into the 2019 Paris Masters qualifying draw. In the first round, he played the 5th seed and world no.51 Juan Ignacio Londero. He upset the Argentine, defeating him 7-6(7-2), 6-4 for his first top 100 win. In the qualifying competition, he lost to world no.63 Casper Ruud in three tight sets.[8]

He ended the year ranked 252 in the world with 185 ranking points, a huge improvement compared to his ranking at the end of 2018. He earned $54,214 in prize money in 2019, bringing his career earnings to $98,478.[8] [1]

2020: Grand Slam debut, French Open fourth round and first top-20 win

Gaston began his 2020 season at Nouméa where he defeated world no. 211 Yan Bai 6-4, 7-6(8-6) before losing to the 5th seed and world no. 111 Thomas Fabbiano 2-6, 2-6.[15] He next played in Bendigo where he was the no. 9 seed. He lost his first match to Alexander Crnokrak 4-6 6-7(2-7).[16]

At the end of January, Hugo received a wildcard into the main draw of the 2020 Australian Open in his first Grand Slam tournament.[17] He played the world no. 90 and clay-court specialist Jaume Munar in the first round, but lost in 4 sets, 5-7, 7-5, 0-6, 3-6.

He next played in the Montpellier qualifying draw but lost to the French veteran and world No. 192 Nicolas Mahut.[18] He next competed in Cherbourg but lost in the first round to former world no. 45 Maximilian Marterer 7-6(7-5), 4-6, 4-6.[19]

The next week, Hugo played in Bergamo as the 15th seed. In the second round, he played fellow Frenchman and world No. 246 Hugo Grenier, beating him. In the third round, he played the top seed Lorenzo Giustino and beat him to reach his first Challenger quarterfinal. There he faced Cem ?lkel and defeated him to reach the semifinals of a Challenger for the first time. In the semifinals, Gaston faced former world No. 49 Illya Marchenko. In a tight match full of breaks of serve, Gaston came up short against Marchenko, losing 6-4, 4-6, 4-6. Gaston hit 34 dropshots throughout the match, including 14 in the third set. After the tournament, Gaston's ranking climbed to number 228 in the world.[20][7]

Next week he played in Pau.[21] In the first round he played world no. 262 Aslan Karatsev and beat him 6-3, 1-6, 6-1. In the next round he played world no. 139 and 5th seed Yannick Maden and beat him 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 to make the third round. There, he played 18-year old and world no. 514 Harold Mayot, a fellow up and coming French prodigy. After losing the first set 1-6, he retired due to injury to end his run. This was the last tournament he played before the coronavirus pandemic halted professional men's tennis until August.[22]

After the tennis season resumed in August, Gaston went on a poor run of form, losing before or in the first round in his next four challenger tournaments, losing to Facundo Bagnis, Maximilian Marterer, Andrea Pelligrino and Roberto Cid Subervi respectively.

In September, he received another wildcard into the main draw of the 2020 French Open and was given an opportunity to turn his form around.[23] Gaston made a breakthrough at the French Open, defeating countryman Maxime Janvier, Yoshihito Nishioka, and 2015 French Open champion and sixteenth-seeded Stan Wawrinka in five sets to advance to the fourth round of the tournament, where he exited in five sets to World No. 3 Dominic Thiem.[24][25] He attempted 58 drop shots in his match against Thiem, winning 40 of those points [26] 5.6 million French tuned in to watch his match against Thiem, the highest number for any match at the tournament.[26]

Two weeks after the French Open, Gaston competed in Hamburg where he was forced to play in the qualifying draw. In the first round he played world no. 249 Hugo Grenier. He beat his compatriot in three sets after squandering a 5-1 lead in the second set, 7-6(7-0), 6-7(7-1), 6-4.[27] In the next round he faced world no. 280 Matthias Bachinger but lost 6-4, 4-6, 4-6. He still made it into the main draw as a lucky loser and played 5th seed and world no. 130 Sumit Nagal in the first round, beating him 7-5, 4-1 ret. In the next round he lost to world no. 171 Sebastian Ofner 6-7(5-7), 2-6.

He received a wildcard from the French Tennis Federation into the first round at the 2020 Rolex Paris Masters. He lost to world no. 15 Pablo Carreño Busta in the first round 3-6, 2-6.

2021: First ATP final, first Masters 1000 quarterfinal and Top 100

In March, Gaston won his first match at the ATP masters 1000 level as a wildcard at the 2021 Miami Open defeating Dominik Koepfer. He entered the top 150 on 10 May 2021 for the first time in his career.

In June at the 2021 French Open, Gaston reached the second round in doubles, on the 4th consecutive attempt being awarded a wildcard each time, partnering with fellow Frenchman Arthur Cazaux.

In July at the Swiss Open, Gaston beat Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, fifth seed Federico Delbonis, fourth seed Cristian Garín in the quarterfinals, and seventh seed Laslo ?ere in the semifinals to reach his first ATP final[28] and final,[29] where he lost to third seed Casper Ruud.[30]

At the 2021 Rolex Paris Masters, Gaston entered as a qualifier and reached the quarterfinal of a Masters 1000 for the first time in his career, defeating fellow Frenchman wildcard Arthur Rinderknech, twelfth seed Pablo Carreño Busta, and Carlos Alcaraz.[31][32] Ranked No. 103 he became the lowest-ranked Paris quarterfinalist since Frenchman world No. 121 Michaël Llodra in 2012. As a result, he entered the top 100 in the rankings for the first time in his career, moving 36 positions up the rankings. He also qualified for the 2021 Next Generation ATP Finals the next day on 5 November.[33][34][35]

2022: Second French Open top-20 win

Ranked No. 74 at the 2022 French Open, he defeated World No. 20 and 19th seed Alex de Minaur in a five sets match, with a super tiebreak in the fifth set, lasting almost 4 hours for his second Grand Slam top-20 win.[36][37] In the second round he moved past lucky loser and grand slam debutant Pedro Cachín to reach the third round for a second time at this Major in his career.

Playing style

Gaston is known for his unique and unorthodox style of play. He is left-handed and utilizes the wide serve on the advantage court like many left-handed players. Gaston weaponizes dropshots often in his matches. He is known to hit dropshots after bringing his opponent out wide with his serve, to make them cover more of the court. After his fourth round loss to Dominic Thiem, Gaston said "I love to do some dropshots. But I can do all the shots in my game, so it's important to change".[38] Dominic Thiem said of him "I haven't seen in a very long time a player with such a big touch in his hands, his dropshots are just from another planet".[39] Gaston has a varied playing style and hits sliced forehands as well as backhands to destabilize his opponents. His favourite surface is clay and his backhand is his favourite groundstroke.[40][41]

Performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G S B NMS P NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; (NMS) not a Masters tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles

Current through the 2022 Miami Open.

Tournament 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R Q1 1R 0 / 2 0-2 0%
French Open Q1 Q2 4R 1R 3R 0 / 3 5-3 63%
Wimbledon A A NH Q1 2R 0 / 1 1-1 50%
US Open A A A Q2 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 3-2 0-1 3-3 0 / 6 6-6 50%
ATP Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A NH A 1R 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Miami Open A A NH 2R 3R 0 / 2 3-2 60%
Paris Masters A Q2 1R QF 0 / 2 3-2 60%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-1 4-1 2-2 0 / 5 6-5 55%
Career statistics
Tournaments 1 0 3 6 11 Career total: 18
Overall win-loss 0-1 0-0 3-3 9-9 3-7 0 / 18 15-20 43%
Win % 0%  -  50% 50% 30% Career total: 42.86%
Year-end ranking - 252 162 66 $932,349

Doubles

Tournament 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1-1 50%
French Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 0 / 5 1-5 17%
Wimbledon A A NH A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
US Open A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Win-loss 0-1 0-1 0-1 1-1 1-2 0 / 5 2-6 25%
Career statistics
Tournaments 2 1 3 1 2 Career: 0
Overall win-loss 0-2 0-1 0-3 1-1 3-2 Career: 4-9
Win % 0% 0% 0% 50% 60% Career: 33%
Year-end ranking - 835 337 347

ATP career finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Legend
Grand Slam (0-0)
ATP Finals (0-0)
ATP Masters 1000 (0-0)
ATP 500 Series (0-0)
ATP 250 Series (0-1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0-0)
Clay (0-1)
Grass (0-0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (0-1)
Indoor (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Jul 2021 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Norway Casper Ruud 3-6, 2-6

Junior Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 1 (1 title)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Win 2018 Australian Open Hard France Clément Tabur Germany Rudolf Molleker
Germany Henri Squire
6-2, 6-2

Challenger and World Tennis Tour Finals

Singles: 12 (4 titles, 8 runner-ups)

Legend (singles)
ATP Challenger (0-4)
ITF World Tennis Tour (4-4)
Titles by surface
Hard (3-1)
Clay (1-7)
Grass (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Apr 2019 M25, Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy World Tennis Tour Clay Sweden Christian Lindell 2-6, 0-6
Win 1-1 Apr 2019 M25, Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy World Tennis Tour Clay Austria David Pichler 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
Loss 1-2 Jun 2019 M25+H, Toulouse, France World Tennis Tour Clay France Benjamin Bonzi 4-6, 4-6
Loss 1-3 Jun 2019 M25, Montauban, France World Tennis Tour Clay Brazil Thiago Seyboth Wild 4-6, 2-6
Loss 1-4 Aug 2019 M15, Piombino, Italy World Tennis Tour Hard France Matteo Martineau 6-2, 6-7(6-8), 6-7(3-7)
Win 2-4 Sep 2019 M25, Houston, United States World Tennis Tour Hard Italy Liam Caruana 6-1, 6-3
Win 3-4 Sep 2019 M25, Norman, United States World Tennis Tour Hard Belgium Michael Geerts 6-4, 7-5
Win 4-4 Oct 2019 M25+H, Rodez, France World Tennis Tour Hard France Benjamin Bonzi 7-6(7-4), 6-3
Loss 4-5 Apr 2021 Rome, Italy Challenger Clay Italy Andrea Pellegrino 6-3, 2-6, 1-6
Loss 4-6 Jul 2021 Ia?i, Romania Challenger Clay Czech Republic Zden?k Kolá? 5-7, 6-4, 4-6
Loss 4-7 Sep 2021 Tulln an der Donau, Austria Challenger Clay Germany Mats Moraing 2-6, 1-6
Loss 4-8 Oct 2021 Barcelona, Spain Challenger Clay Bulgaria Dimitar Kuzmanov 3-6, 0-6

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Legend (singles)
ATP Challenger (0-2)
Futures / ITF World Tennis Tour (2-0)
Titles by surface
Hard (0-0)
Clay (2-2)
Grass (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 May 2018 France F9, Grasse Futures Clay France Clément Tabur France Corentin Denolly
France Alexandre Müller
6-2, 6-4
Win 2-0 Jul 2019 M25 Gandia, Spain World Tennis Tour Clay France Jonathan Eysseric Colombia Alejandro Gómez
United States Junior Alexander Ore
6-4, 1-6, [10-4]
Loss 2-1 Aug 2020 Todi, Italy Challenger Clay France Elliot Benchetrit Uruguay Ariel Behar
Kazakhstan Andrey Golubev
4-6, 2-6
Loss 2-2 Aug 2020 Trieste, Italy Challenger Clay France Tristan Lamasine Uruguay Ariel Behar
Kazakhstan Andrey Golubev
4-6, 2-6

Record against top 10 players

Gaston's record against players who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who are active in boldface. Only ATP Tour main draw matches are considered:

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