As was mentioned in Kitzbuhel thread, Guille says this is probably his last event. I figure we should table that discussion there so we can have it here.
I am sad but I feel like it is having a sick relative who when they finally go, you were well-prepared for it because the slow-lingering illness let you know it was coming. For me, this is not too shocking as I thought when he walked off the court after winning the first set, that he had to feel this was pathetic and in no way enjoyable. He probably won the set and said to himself, "Why does this not feel like a victory?" and just said, enough.
What I have been thinking is that I hope he finds a way to see how he can find contentment in giving to people, because as tough as these past few years have been, he has been a miraculous success as a person & player. I remember Andrea Jaeger being a top 3 player with grand slam finals on her resume, who had to retire very early & she found her true purpose in giving clinics and sharing herself with charities...so much so that she became a nun & found an amazing sense of guiding purpose for her life.
I dont want him to become a priest of course, but to redirect his passion toward something possibly more fulfilling and maybe even more self-defining than tennis.
Then theres the other part of me that hopes in retirement that if he were to play some exhibiton events for charity and find some kind of new confidence from the life he is living enough to no longer be so wrapped up in the tennis world & results that the mental problem goes away, and he returns to pro play as the star he always was!
Because despite this lengthy set back, this man was a King, and is a King. He has plenty to offer the sport and the world.