Actually Gasquet has played DC against hostile crowds more than Monfils or Jo - he beat Haas in a tight 5 setter in Germany when Haas was in good form and has played a few other close matches away.
I said the same thing some posts ago and elsewhere, but this argument is never taken up by French posters. Most of them cling on JWT (whose DC wins abroad consist of such giants as Huta Galung or Pavel) though he has meagre results since Wimbledon, they cling to Benneteau who has not played since the US Open, they even think Clément is an option. I wonder what they will do if a singles player gets injured, then Clément on Sunday????
Now that I've defended my guy I do think that Richard is not the best option although from all I read he seems to really want to be on the team, he just doesn't talk about it.
You and I grasp that, and even Roux (French additional DC-coach) was once quoted along similar lines, but the majority listens only to those shouting loudly.
I don't understand why Llodra hasn't played with any of his possible French teammates instead of just hoping Benneteau will somehow be ready after not playing for 6-7 weeks or longer.
Nobody undestands that. He was even supposed to play Basel with Knowles. Anyone to play doubles with apart from Gasquet! And at the same time he is losing first round continously in singles. The court in Belgrade will be much slower than LLodra likes it, but Llodra is the real DC-captain. He decides who he plays with, not Forget.
Having said all that, I still prefer Richard to stay out of all this, but this mysterious presser announcement from Tsonga for tomorrow is strange. I don't think he'd give a presser to say "I am fine", but the guy is such a prick, maybe he even does that.