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Richard Gasquet (back) out of Olympics; replacement named

Richard Gasquet

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Richard Gasquet of France plays a forehand during the Men’s Singles first round match against Aljaz Bedene of Great Britain on day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Frenchman Richard Gasquet will miss the Rio Olympics with a back injury. France named Benoit Paire to replace him in Rio.

Gasquet, ranked 14th in the world, has not played since retiring from his Wimbledon round-of-16 match with countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with the back injury on July 4.

Gasquet earned doubles bronze with Julien Benneteau in London and lost in the second round in singles.

Paire was the next-highest-ranked French player not already in the Rio field at No. 24 in the ATP rankings on July 30.

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