May 18, 2008 / 3:59 PM / 12 years ago

Tennis-French number one Gasquet splits with coach

PARIS, May 18 (Reuters) - Richard Gasquet parted company with coach Eric Deblicker one week before the start of the French Open, the French number one said on Sunday.

“Eric remains my friend and the one who helped me into the top 10,” Gasquet, who has won 10 matches and lost nine this year, said in a statement.

The 22-year-old Gasquet was knocked out in his first match at the Hamburg Masters earlier this week and was beaten in his first-round match at the Rome Masters.

Gasquet will now be coached by Guillaume Peyre along with Nicolas Mahut within Team Lagardere, the players’ management company.

Reporting by Julien Pretot, editing by Alan Baldwin

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