Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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France's Richard Gasquet captured his first ATP Masters Series quarter-final victory in six years on Saturday, defeating Roberto Bautista Agut.
France's Davis Cup team captain Yannick Noah said he will not name a replacement for Richard Gasquet after the world number 26 pulled out.
Richard Gasquet won his first ATP title since October 2016 by winning in s'-Hertogenbosch on Sunday.
Rafael Nadal continued his bid for an 11th French Open title by brushing aside home favourite Richard Gasquet at Roland Garros.
Croatian Borna Coric returned to the scene of one of his best wins, starting the Dubai championships with a victory over injured Richard Gasquet.
Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert won Saturday's doubles rubber in four sets to put France 2-1 up against Belgium in the Davis Cup final.
France captain Yannick Noah selected Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert to face Belgium in the Davis Cup final.
Richard Gasquet has eased into the Japan Open quarter-finals with a routine win over Taipei's Lu Yen-Hsun.
Richard Gasquet's return to court from appendix surgery was short-lived at the Barcelona Open he lost to Yuichi Sugita.
Richard Gasquet withdrew from the Kooyong Classic prior to his opening match, denying fans an all-French showdown with Gilles Simon.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said he "did OK" in his first singles match in seven months - a loss to Richard Gasquet.
Gilles Simon finally managed to beat his fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet at the ninth attempt with a victory in the Metz quarter-finals.
Richard Gasquet hailed Rafael Nadal's "monstrous" game after being swatted aside by the 10-time French Open champion at Roland Garros.
Alexander Zverev celebrated his 21st birthday by edging French favourite Richard Gasquet to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals.
French No 1 Lucas Pouille clinched his fifth career ATP title with a defeat of compatriot Richard Gasquet in the Montpellier final.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert to face Belgium in the Davis Cup final in Lille.
David Goffin has battled back from a seemingly impossible first-set position against Frenchman Richard Gasquet to reach the Japan Open semi-finals.
French trio Gaël Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet will all miss the clay court Rome Masters tournament.
France took an early stranglehold on their Davis Cup first-round tie against Japan as Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon dominated.
A gallant Richard Gasquet led France to its second title at the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth.
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