Gasquet defies back problem to play French Open

by: Kamakshi Tandon May 25, 2014

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Richard Gasquet will play the French Open, saying that if it were any other tournament, "I would have withdrawn."

"It's a very important tournament, I want to play," he said. "The back is better, I'm not 100 percent... I'll try to improve every day."

Gasquet opens against Bernard Tomic, who has not won a match since returning from hip surgery after the Australian Open.

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