"A problem? What problem?"
He arrived at the hotel yesterday at 18:25 and sounds a bit annoyed because all the media say he is already out of the team. He says he made a great effort to come, he explains the story with all the flights, he is a human being, he had to rest a little bit in Paris before taking the next plane to Ostrava.
He wanted to start practicing immediately, but it was impossible because it was the time slot of the Czech team. The ITF rules don't anticipate a case like Gaël's.
From an outside perspective, it's pretty clear Gaël is out and will play only if there is an injury in the French team.
But Gaël doesn't agree, he says he's confident, he's playing well, is eager to play, so he is a "candidate" too in his opinion. "I don't know how Guy and the others see it... But the journalists are the ones who make a whole lot of fuss about it. I don't see the problem."
For Navratil (Czech captain), he's definitely not an option anymore, players need one week to get ready for a DC tie, they arrived in Ostrava on Sunday, add to that all the flights and the jetlag, it's too late, period.
But Forget says that his job is to make sure that all the players stay ready to play until the draw. Of course Gaël won't have the same preparation as the others, but it's important he's here too.
And his teammates are defending him. Richard: "Gaël is a Martian. Nothing is impossible with him." Mika: "Exactly, nobody reacts like him. He's never stressed."
Gilles is more moderate: it would be obviously wrong to say he had the best possible preparation. But the most important thing with Gaël is how he feels. If he thinks he can do it, everything is possible.
Let's stop worrying about problems which apparently don't exist then.