a francis gasquet's interview translated in english from www.richardgasquet.info
Although it's always better to give good news rather than bad ones, I still came to deliver the latest news about Richard like I promised this Monday.
As you already know, he was forced to withdraw before his second round match against Donald Young. This is really unlucky considering the fact that he had to retire with a blister in Cincinnati. We arrived in New York last Monday to see him right after he had defeated the Argentine Sergio Roitman. Richard felt pretty good about his tennis game and he had a fairly favorable draw until the potential fourth round match against Roger Federer.
His matched against Young wasn't scheduled until Thursday and so we spent a lot of time in the players' lounge and in the Lacoste store to watch other matches. It was really cold with the air conditioning on, and as a result Richard caught a cold. You would have felt just as powerless in the same situation, and you could have only hoped that you would be well enough in time for the match. Ever since certain tennis players that were suspected of doping blamed it on salt pills distributed by the ATP, the ATP no longer gives anything to a sick player. You can understand why.
We woke up Doctor Montalvan in Paris early so that he could prescribe some medication that we could buy over there; Richard was in no shape to go out on the tennis court. His legs hurt and he was completely exhausted. You could imagine how disappointing this was for everyone, especially for him! Unfortunately whatever he did would have placed him at fault: for instance, the public would not have been pleased if he went on the tennis court and had to retire at the beginning of a set. If he was treated with the prescribed medication, he would have been dangerously close to the controlled limits for anti-doping. Finally, he received a different type of criticism for withdrawing. That's how life goes!
This latest physical problem is the result of a lack of medical preparation on behalf of the French tennis program. The tennis season is long and difficult. It's not unusual to see foreign players accompanied by at least three other people: including a coach, assistant, physiotherapist, a doctor or who knows what else! Besides that, we should try to determine if Richard might actually have a problem with sensitive ears. He had the same problem at Indian Wells in Miami two years ago.
We returned to Paris last weekend. We attended the soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) and Olympique de Marseille (OM) at the Parc des Princes (Park of Princes) on Sunday evening. It was a wonderful match. Richard is currently at his home in Neuchatel and he will come back to Paris on Friday to attend the kick-off for the rugby World Cup. We are going to the Stade de France (French Stadium) to watch the match between France and Argentina. The French rugby team should win because they seem to be very, very strong!
Richard will not begin to train again until the end of next week. Therefore, he will not play in the tournament in Bucharest. He will make his return to the circuit at the tournament in Mumbai, India on September 17th.
Thank you to everyone for your support in both the good and the not so good moments. This is how a tennis player's career goes!