Who is Hugo Gaston's coach? The man guiding the talented Frenchman

Tom Avery October 31, 2021
Who is Hugo Gaston's coach? The man guiding the talented Frenchman
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The next generation of tennis stars is packed with an emerging group of players ready to lead the sport into a new era. Here we take a look at one of those talented youngsters, including who Hugo Gaston’s coach is.

The 21-year-old started the year with a disappointing first round loss in the Australian Open qualifying, Gaston lost in three sets to Australian Max Purcell.

Following the disappointment Down Under, Gaston made a run to the semi-finals of an ATP Challenger event in Cherbourg, France.

In his first main tour appearance of the season, the Frenchman lost in three sets to Lorenzo Sonego in Montpellier.

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He quickly earned his first ATP victory of the season, the following week in Marseille, where he beat Dennis Novak in three sets before losing to Jannik Sinner in straight sets in the last sixteen.

After beating Dominik Koepfer in the first round of the ATP 1000 Masters event in Miami, which was his first victory at the Masters level, Gaston was again thwarted by Sinner.

In April, he made the final of an ATP Challenger event in Rome where he beat Thanasi Kokkinakis en-route to the Championship match, but he was defeated by Andrea Pellegrino in three sets. That was Gaston’s first final appearance in a Challenger event.

Gaston was unable to replicate last year’s heroics at the French Open as he went down in straight sets to compatriot Richard Gasquet in the first round.

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In 2020, the left-hander became the first Frenchman to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros since 1971 (ATP Tour) and achieved a career-high number 141 in the world in 2021.

Gaston beat the 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka in five sets before failing to 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem in five sets.

The youngster lost in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying. But the following month, Gaston reached his second ATP Challenger final in Romania, but again didn’t quite have enough in the tank to lift the title.

After reaching his first ATP Tour quarter-final at Gstaad, Gaston kicked on and reached the final before losing to Casper Ruud in the clay tournament showpiece.

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In a disappointing year in the Grand Slams, Gaston failed to get beyond the second round of qualifying in New York.

Bouncing straight back from a frustrating run at Flushing Meadows, Gaston reached his third ATP Challenger appearance of the season, but it wasn’t a case of third time lucky, as he again lost in the final.

In his fourth ATP Challenger final appearance, which came earlier this month, Gaston lost in straight sets to Dimitar Kuzmanov.

Gaston is going to have to do something special to qualify for the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, which will be held next month.

That tournament will see the eight players under the age of 21 who have accrued the most points this season compete in the season’s showpiece.

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Gaston currently sits 11th in the Race to Milan and would be competing against the likes of Sinner, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Carlos Alcaraz, Sebastian Korda, Jenson Brooksby, Brandon Nakashima and Lorenzo Musetti, if he found a way to qualify via the eight spot.

In the last tournament before the Next Gen finals, Gaston beat Musetti in the second round of qualifying for the Paris Masters event.

He beat former US Open and Wimbledon champion Kevin Anderson in the first round of qualifying.

A big run at the Paris Masters could see Gaston sneak into the eight and final Next Gen Finals qualifying spot.

Gaston earned his first ranking point at the age of 15 in 2016. He ended 2018 as world number two in the juniors after winning gold medal boys’ singles and bronze medal in both boys’ doubles and mixed doubles at Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

He is currently ranked at a career-high number 107 in the world.

Who is Hugo Gaston’s coach?

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Hugo Gaston’s coach is Marc Barbier and the collaboration between the pair has continued for eleven full seasons.

Barbier discovered Gaston when he was six-years-old. Gaston, from Toulouse, was born into a family of tennis enthusiasts.

Gaston played many games with his older brother using the walls of the family living room, and his father became President of the Fonsorbes tennis club, around 20 kilometres from Toulouse.

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Tom is a lifelong Manchester United supporter who was spoilt with success growing up thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson. An NCTJ-accredited sports journalist with over five years experience in the industry, and now a football writer for GRV Media who specialises in covering the Red Devils. He has no doubt Erik ten Hag is the man to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford!