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Frenchman Richard Gasquet has been left out of the France Davis Cup squad that will square off against the Canadian Davis Cup team for the tie scheduled over the weekend due to poor form and fitness over the past couple of seasons.

The former world number seven has not been in his usual swashbuckling form over the past couple of seasons, having seen his rankings drop drastically from the top ten. He did not even make the semi finals stage of the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, losing in the 4th round quite easily.

The 25 year old former Mixed Doubles champion at the French Open of 2004 did not even make it through to the finals of the Open Sud de France, losing to seventh seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber in a nail biting finish in three sets. Richard Gasquet, although, has attributed his loss to his poor fitness and fatigue, having continuously played for the last two years without a break, the Davis Cup team of France did not include him in the squad for reasons explained by the team captain, as his loss of form, more than his fitness.

Gasquet is, however, looking to get back his touch ahead of the ATP Tour events scheduled for next year and he is also looking to represent France in the 2012 London Olympic Games as well. However, with his form dropping drastically, it is worth watching if the French Tennis Federation does send him as the official entrant in Singles for the Olympic Games with the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils in top form.

But Richard Gasquet is adamant about his entry in the Games and with time on his hands at the moment, all he can do is practice hard on his game ahead of the Games.