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Gregory Gaultier grabs Grasshopper glory with 3-0 win over Simon Rosner


Gregory Gaultier kisses the trophy in Zurich
Gregory Gaultier kisses the trophy in Zurich

Top seed Gregory Gaultier powers home without dropping a game in Zurich
By NATHAN CLARKE in Zurich. Pictures by IRENA VANISOVA ( 

French World No.3 Gregory Gaultier lived up to his billing as the number one seed at the 2015 Grasshopper Cup, PSA International 70 event, taking home the title following a commanding 3-0 victory over German Simon Rösner in the final at Zurich’s Puls 5.

Gaultier dominated from the outset against the World No.10 who looked visibly fatigued from spending over 200 minutes on court going into the finale, including a mammoth 94-minute semi-final against Egyptian Omar Mosaad.

As a result, the Frenchman rarely looked troubled as he claimed the 29th PSA World Tour title of his career without the loss of a single game during the tournament.

Drive time: Gregory Gaultier on the attack against Simon Rosner
Drive time: Gregory Gaultier on the attack against Simon Rosner

The man known as the “General’ was in charge throughout the competition, and he dispatched all comers to send out a strong message to his main title rivals ahead of the Allam British Open, which gets under way on May 11, where he will be hoping to retain the title he won in 2014.

“Winning this title means a lot because I haven’t won a tournament for around six months,” said Gaultier.

“I’ve had a fantastic week here, not only because I won, but because the quality of the event has been very high and I’m really happy with the form I have had on court through the week.

“It gives me a lot of confidence going forward to have a good week like this so I’m very happy.”

Grasshopper Cup (PSA International 70) Zurich, Switzerland.:

[1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) beat [5] Simon Rosner (Ger) 11-8, 11-3, 11-9 (45 mins)

A huge thank you to photographer IRENA VANISOVA for some outstanding images from Zurich. Visit her website

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