We've all been doing a bit of speculating about Richard's form, fitness, passion, and dedication over the past month. But it's gotten us (and him!) nowhere. And these quotes prove he has no answers either.
"After losing the first set, I lost all my confidence," Gasquet said. "I played my worst match of the year."
I'm either way high or way low, and now I'm very low," Gasquet said, adding that he is not enjoying the sport right now.
"It's really difficult on the court. I need to win some matches and have fun."
"I knew he was capable, just today anyone could have beaten me," Gasquet said.
Reading them made me wonder: is Richie depressed? I don't mean the casual depressed but I mean, is he clinically depressed? Can he be diagnosed with depression? I have struggled with moderate to severe depression for about 8 months and it's very serious. At my lowest, it was hard to even get out of bed and function. So I can understand how difficult it would be to try your best on the tennis court if you are feeling that bed.
Depression is hard for people to understand because it's not a physical disease like mono. It's mental, and it's very common for people to say, "Just get over it." But that doesn't help because that's insinuating that you have control over these feelings and you are forcing yourself to feel bad.
Trust me, NO ONE wants to be depressed. It's a horrible feeling waking up with no passion and no desires and not wanting to do anything.
I don't want to diagnose Richard, but I'm going with my own personal experiences. He sounds depressed. Like me, he needs a break. I took about a 2 month break from school and work, saw a therapist, and began a medication regiment, and I'm doing great!!
Now, I'm not saying this is what Richard needs exactly because depression is different for everyone, but I definitely think he needs a break from tennis and from the stress. He is not a defending anything at the FO. He should skip it. He is defedning so many points at Wimbledon and he needs to be fresh mentally for that.
That's my opinion.