Fresh hope awaits some in 2009

Richard Gasquet is just one of several players who underachieved in 2008, writes Ravi Ubha. But expectations were high for a reason, and a new year is a fresh opportunity to meet them.

Updated: January 8, 2009, 2:44 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

When Richard Gasquet, his entire arsenal in full flow, rallied from two sets down to topple a beleaguered Andy Roddick in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2007, most thought it was the beginning of something good. He had us all fooled.

No surprise, then, that 2009 figures to be a pivotal year for Gasquet -- and a few other underachievers. Here's a closer look at a not-so-fab five.

Richard Gasquet At the tender age of 9, Gasquet was lauded by a prestigious French tennis magazine as ...

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